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The term HES covers a heterogeneous group of rare diseases (hypereosinophilia syndromes), whose characteristics (high-grade, persistent blood and bone marrow eosinophilia (eosinophilia > 1500/ul in the blood for > 6 months; see eosinophilia below ) as well as indications of organ damage due to eosinophile infiltration (Valent P et al. 2012). Clear to unbearable permanent itching is a common indicative symptom of hypereosinophilia syndromes. Thus, the dermatologist is involved in the diagnostic process at an early stage.
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ClassificationThis section has been translated automatically.
The following variants of the HES are distinguished:
- Idiopathic HES (HES of unknown significance); no detectable causes, no end organ damage
- Myeloproliferative HES in the context of a clonal myeloid, eosinophilic or stem cell disease
- Lymphocytic HES (clonal and non-clonal proliferation of T cells with atypical phenotype (Valent P et al. 2012). Transition to T-cell lymphoma possible but rare.
- Familial HES (familial accumulation, pathogenesis unclear)
- HES-Overlap Syndrome (Eosinophilic Oesophagitis, Eosinophilic Pneumonia, Hypereosinophilic Dermatitis)
From a pathogenetic point of view a dichotomy can be made:
- Primary HES: Myeloproliferative HES in the context of a clonal myeloid, eosinophilic or stem cell disease
- Secondary HES: aetiologically heterogeneous, cytokine-directed, reactive, non-clonal hypereosinophilia
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In primary HES, mutations are located in multi- or pluripotent haematological stem cells
In the secondary (reactive HES) the stimuli for eosinophil proliferation are the cytokines IL-5, IL-3 and GM-CSF (granulocyte-macrophage colony factor). These cytokines increase the production and activity of eosinophils and inhibit primary cell death (apoptosis). S.a.u. eosinophilia.
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- Usually general symptoms (weight loss, fever, loss of appetite).
- Skin symptoms: Varied and variable. Pruritus, urticarial erythema, papulovesicles, reddened papules and nodules, angioedema (see also angioedema, episodic with eosinophilia), petechiae and lichenification. In rare cases, erythroderma may develop. Raynaud's syndrome and digital necrosis have also been described sporadically.
- Extracutaneous manifestation: cardiac involvement (60%) with eosinophilic endo- and myocarditis. Cardiac involvement is the most frequent cause of death (endomyocardial necrosis in the acute stage, later thrombotic changes. Late stage endomyocardial fibrosis with facultative mitral or tricuspid valve insufficiency. Detection of these changes by endomyocardial biopsy and Doppler echocardiography).
- Cough, diffuse or circumscribed eosinophilic lung infiltrates, eosinophilic pleural effusions.
- Often decrease in intellectual capacity, probably due to arteritis and cerebral thromboembolic processes.
- Peripheral neuropathies or mononeuritis multiplex.
- Gastrointestinal involvement with abdominal pain and hepatosplenomegaly.
- Muscle weakness.
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HES is a diagnosis of exclusion. It requires the obligatory criteria:
- Bluteosinophilia > 1500/μl; persistence > 6 months (alternatively: detection of a blood eosinophilia > 1500/μl twice in intervals of 4 weeks (Valent P et a. 2012). It is important to discontinue external (absorption) as well as systemic glucocorticoids!
- Exclusion of other causes (helminthic infections; advanced HIV infection; chronic graft-versus-host-disease, drug reactions, atopic diathesis, various diseases, etc.) autoimmune diseases (dermatomyositis, SLE, Sjögren's syndrome, primary biliary cirrhosis, bullous pemhigoid, allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis). Other reactive hypereosinophilia are described as paraneoplastic reactions, in hematological neoplasms (T- or B-cell lymphomas, Hodgkin lymphomas)
- Evidence of symptomatic organ involvement.
- An exact characterisation of hypereosinophilia is important, as this has considerable therapeutic consequences. Exemplary is the detection of the fusion proteins FIP1L1-PDGFRA by PCR or FiSH, since FIP1L1-PDGFRA-positive myelodysplastic neoplasias react very well to tyrosine kinase inhibitors such as imatinib.
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- The therapy is symptomatic and depends on the internal involvement, especially the extent of endomyocardial fibrosis leading to appositional thrombi. The reduction of eosinophil numbers is the determining factor. Successes are described with prednisone (e.g. Decortin H) 1.0 mg/kg bw/day and with the combination of prednisone and hydroxycarbamide (Litalir) e.g. 20-30 mg/kg bw/day.
- Alternatively cytarabine (e.g. Alexan).
- Also the combination of vincristine and mercaptopurine (puri-ethol) is effective.
- If other therapy options fail, interferons ( interferon alfa-2a or interferon alfa-2b; dosage 8 million IU/day s.c.) can also be used.
- Because of the risk of embolic complications, oral anticoagulation with systemic coumarins such as phenprocoumon (e.g. marcoumar) is recommended. In case of severe cardiac involvement (possibly valve insufficiency) therapy by cardiologists.
- Good therapeutic results were shown in a multicenter study with a "targeted" therapy with mepolizumab, an anti-IL-5 antibody (see below Interleukin-5).
- In patients with hypereosinophilia of unknown significance and with familial hypereosinophilia, regular checks for end organ damage are indicated, otherwise a wait-and-see attitude is justified (Gotlib J 2017).
- The treatment of lymphocytic forms of hypereosinophilia syndromes with clonal or aberrant T-cell populations often requires high doses of glucocorticoids.
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