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Eur J Neurol ; 29(6): 1855-1858, 2022 06.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1832044


BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Anti-myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein antibodies (MOG-Abs) distinguish a group of inflammatory disorders which can be preceded by specific or non-specific infections. A few single cases have been reported in association with SARS-CoV-2 infection, but a specific study on the correlation between COVID-19 and myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG)-associated disorder (MOGAD) has not yet been performed. The aim of this study was to determine the impact of the pandemic on this condition. METHODS: We analysed SARS-CoV-2 serology in patients newly diagnosed with MOGAD (1 August 2020 to 31 May 2021). MOG-Ab-seronegative age- and time-matched subjects were used as controls. SARS-CoV-2 immunoglobulin G (IgG) levels were analysed using an anti-SARS-CoV-2 US Food and Drug Administration-approved ELISA assay and confirmed with a trimeric anti-SARS-CoV-2 S1/S2 IgG immunochemiluminescent test, concomitantly assaying the anti-receptor binding domain (RBD) of spike protein IgG and anti-RBD total Ig. We actually compared the number of cases referred in each of the last 3 years. RESULTS: Presence of SARS-CoV-2 IgG antibodies was more common (12/30, 40%) in MOGAD patients than in controls (6/30, 20%), although the difference was not significant (p = 0.16; odds ratio 2.67, 95% confidence interval 0.85-9.17). The most common clinical presentations of MOGAD SARS-CoV-2-seropositive patients included optic neuritis (n = 6) and myelitis (n = 3). The number of diagnosed cases increased over the last 3 years, in particular, when including cases referred to us before the COVID-19 pandemic, in the initial phase of the first wave and in the late phase of the second wave (n = 9, rate 10.6% in 2019; n = 13, rate 12.3% in 2020; n = 15, rate 14.7% in 2021). CONCLUSION: Our findings provide preliminary data on SARS-CoV-2 as a potential trigger of MOGAD.

COVID-19 , Autoantibodies , Humans , Immunoglobulin G , Myelin-Oligodendrocyte Glycoprotein , Pandemics , SARS-CoV-2
Eur J Neurol ; 28(10): 3461-3466, 2021 Oct.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1606253


BACKGROUND: Outcomes of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in patients with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders (NMOSD) or myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein antibody-associated disease (MOGAD), often treated with immunosuppressive therapies, are still unknown. METHODS: We conducted a multicenter, retrospective, observational cohort study among all French expert centers for neuromyelitis optica and related disorders. Patients with NMOSD or MOGAD included in the study received a confirmed or highly suspected diagnosis of COVID-19 between 1 March 2020 and 30 June 2020. Main outcome was COVID-19 severity score assessed on a seven-point ordinal scale ranging from 1 (not hospitalized with no limitations on activities) to 7 (death). RESULTS: Fifteen cases (mean [SD] age: 39.3 [14.3] years, 11 female) were included. Five patients (33.3%) were hospitalized, all receiving rituximab. A 24-year-old patient with positive aquaporine-4 antibody, with obesity as comorbidity, needed mechanical ventilation. Outpatients were receiving anti-CD20 (5), mycophenolate mofetil (3) or azathioprine (3). They were younger (mean [SD] age: 37.0 [13.4] years), with a longer disease duration (mean [SD]: 8.3 [6.3] years) and had a lower expanded disability severity score (EDSS) score (median [range] EDSS: 2.5 [0-4]) relative to patients requiring hospitalization (mean [SD] age: 44.0 [16.4] years, mean [SD] disease duration: 5.8 [5.5] years, median [range] EDSS: 4 [0-6.5]). CONCLUSIONS: COVID-19 outcome was overall favorable in this cohort. Larger international studies are needed to identify risk factors of severe COVID-19; however, we recommend personal protective measures to reduce risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection in this immunocompromised population.

COVID-19 , Neuromyelitis Optica , Adult , Aquaporin 4 , Female , Humans , Neuromyelitis Optica/drug therapy , Neuromyelitis Optica/epidemiology , Retrospective Studies , Rituximab , SARS-CoV-2 , Young Adult