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Study identifies factors associated with hydroxychloroquine retinopathy

Study identifies factors associated with hydroxychloroquine retinopathy

Factors associated with an increased risk for hydroxychloroquine retinopathy have been identified and include female sex, older age, and chronic kidney disease stage 3 or greater, according to a study published online May 9 in JAMA Network Open.

April M. Jorge, M.D., from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and colleagues identified risk factors beyond dose and duration of use for hydroxychloroquine retinopathy in a cohort study of 4,677 patients who initiated hydroxychloroquine, continued treatment, and underwent retinopathy screening after five years of use.

The researchers found that 125 patients developed hydroxychloroquine retinopathy within 15 years. There was an association observed for at time of hydroxychloroquine initiation with retinopathy risk, with adjusted hazard ratios of 2.48, 3.82, and 5.68 for those aged 45 to 54, 55 to 64, and 65 years or older, respectively, compared with those younger than 45 years.

Retinopathy risk was higher among women than men, for those with chronic kidney disease stage 3 or greater, and for those with tamoxifen use (hazard ratios, 3.83, 1.95, and 3.43, respectively). Compared with non-Hispanic whites, Asian and Black patients had a higher likelihood of pericentral retinopathy (hazard ratios, 15.02 and 5.51, respectively).

"We identified several key for incident hydroxychloroquine retinopathy in addition to hydroxychloroquine dose," the authors write. "These findings are relevant to long-term users of this important and commonly prescribed medication for patients with and other rheumatic and dermatologic conditions."

More information: April M. Jorge et al, Risk Factors for Hydroxychloroquine Retinopathy and Its Subtypes, JAMA Network Open (2024). DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2024.10677

Journal information: JAMA Network Open

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