Clinical phenotype in heterozygote and biallelic Bernard-Soulier syndrome-A case control study

Gudrun Bragadottir, Elisabet R. Birgisdottir, Brynja R. Gudmundsdottir, Bylgja Hilmarsdottir, Brynjar Vidarsson, Magnus K. Magnusson, Ole Halfdan Larsen, Benny Sorensen, Jorgen Ingerslev, Pall T. Onundarson*

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Bernard-Soulier syndrome (BSS) is a rare severe autosomal recessive bleeding disorder. To date heterozygous carriers of BSS mutations have not been shown to have bleeding symptoms. We assessed bleeding using a semi-quantitative questionnaire, platelet parameters, PFA-100 closure times, ristocetin response, GP Ib/IX expression and VWF antigen in 14 BSS patients, 30 heterozygote carriers for related mutations and 29 controls. Eight mutations in GP1BA, GP1BB or GP9 were identified including four previously unknown pathogenic mutations. Subjects with BSS reported markedly more mucocutaneous bleeding than controls. Increased bleeding was also observed in heterozygotes. Compared to controls, patients with BSS had lower optical platelet counts (P<0.001), CD61-platelet counts (P<0.001) and higher mean platelet volume (17.7 vs. 7.8 fL, P<0.001) and ristocetin response and closure times were unmeasurable. Heterozygotes had higher MPV (9.7 fL, P<0.001) and lower platelet counts (P<0.001) than controls but response to ristocetin and closure times were normal. The VWF was elevated in both BSS and in heterozygotes (P=0.005). We conclude that heterozygotes for BSS mutations have lower platelet counts than controls and show a bleeding phenotype albeit much milder than in BSS. Both patients with BSS and heterozygote carriers of pathogenic mutations have raised VWF.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-155
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Hematology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2015

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