Background: The fibrosis-4 index (FIB-4) has been reported to be associated with all-cause mortality in several chronic diseases. In this study, we investigated whether at diagnosis could be associated with all-cause mortality in patients with microscopic polyangiitis (MPA) and granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA). Methods: We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of 132 MPA and GPA patients without chronic liver diseases. Conventional risk factors included old age (≥ 65 years), male gender, diabetes mellitus (DM) and hypertension (HTN) at diagnosis, and disease-related risk factor included GPA, antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody, Birmingham vasculitis activity score (BVAS) and five factor score (FFS (2009)). The cut-off of FIB-4 for significant liver fibrosis (S2-4) was set at 1.45. Results: The mean age was 57.2 years and 27 patients (20.5%) had significant liver fibrosis (FIB-4 ≥ 1.45). Fifteen patients (11.4%) died during follow-up. In the univariable Cox Hazards model, age ≥ 65 years (Hazard ratio (HR) 5.055), DM (HR 3.446), HTN (HR 4.611), FFS (2009) ≥ 2 (HR 4.849) and FIB-4 ≥ 1.45 (HR 9.958) at diagnosis were significantly associated with all-cause mortality. In the multivariable Cox Hazards model, only FIB-4 at diagnosis ≥1.45 (HR 6.253, 95% confidence interval 1.398, 27.963) was associated with all-cause mortality during the follow-up in patients with MPA and GPA. Conclusions: FIB-4 at diagnosis ≥1.45 is an independent predictor of all-cause mortality during follow-up in patients with MPA and GPA, and furthermore its predictive potential is higher than those of conventional and AAV-related risk factors for all-cause mortality.
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This research was supported by Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education (2017R1D1A1B03029050) to SWL and a grant from the Korea Health Technology R&D Project through the Korea Health Industry Development Institute, funded by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, Republic of Korea (HI14C1324) to YBP. Funding bodies were not involved in the study design, collection, analysis and interpretation of data in wring the manuscript.
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