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Identifying racial disparities in hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia


Background Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT) is a rare autosomal dominant disorder characterized by recurrent epistaxis (nose bleeds), mucosal telangiectasias (spider veins), and arteriovenous malformations. Although HHT affects all racial groups, few studies have explored racial disparities among patients with HHT.

Methods We performed a retrospective chart review of HHT patients who were seen at a single academic center between July 1, 2014 and January 1, 2022. The primary outcomes of this study were the Epistaxis Severity Score (ESS) and the presence of pulmonary, cerebral, gastrointestinal, spinal, and hepatic arteriovenous malformations (AVMs). We analyzed racial differences using t-tests and analysis of variance (ANOVA) for continuous variables, and chi-squared tests for categorical variables. We then performed multivariable linear and logistic regressions on outcomes.

Results Our review identified 35 Asian, 6 Black or African American, 72 Hispanic or Latino, and 244 White or Caucasian patients who met the inclusion criteria. Through an analysis of variance model, race/ethnicity was not significantly associated with ESS. Two univariable logistic regression models between race and both pulmonary and brain AVMs showed that race was associated with the incidence of pulmonary AVMs (p<0.01), with Asian patients at a 2.3-fold increased risk of pulmonary AVMs compared with White patients (p=0.03). Race was also associated with the incidence of cerebral AVMs (p<0.01) with Hispanic or Latino patients at a 4.8-fold increased risk compared with White patients (p<0.01).

Conclusion Patients who identified as Asian may have higher rates of pulmonary AVMs while patients identifying as Hispanic or Latino may have more cerebral AVMs. The correlations may be important for identifying risk factors in certain patient populations.

  • Genetic
  • Arteriovenous Malformation
  • Vascular Malformation

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