Colchicine treatment increases the risk for fetal chromosomal aberrations-an observational study and systematic literature review.

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To examine the risk for chromosomal aberrations in fetuses of colchicine-treated patients in a large cohort, and to perform a systematic literature review on the subject.For the observational study, a retrospective search was performed through the Ministry of Health computerized database, for all invasive tests performed due to parental colchicine treatment over the years 2003-19. The rate of aberrant karyotypes in pregnancies exposed to colchicine was compared with a local cohort of 2752 normal pregnancies, yielding six (0.2%) karyotype-detectable findings. In addition, a systematic literature search was conducted for studies examining the rate of chromosomal aberrations in pregnancies exposed to colchicine.The study group consisted of 755 pregnancies karyotyped due to colchicine exposure. A marked decrease due to this indication was noted over the years (i.e. 67 cases in 2003 vs 8 in 2019). Five (0.66%) chromosomal aberrations were noted: 47,XXY; 45,X0; 47,XYY; and two fetuses with trisomy 21. This rate was significantly increased compared with the control population [relative risk 2.2 (95% CI: 1.1, 4.2)]. Literature search yielded four studies encompassing 740 pregnancies. The rate of chromosomal aberrations ranged from 'none' (in three studies) up to 1.5%. Quality assessment of the evidence was defined as 'low'.The results of our observational study support the concern that colchicine treatment is associated with increased risk for fetal chromosomal aberrations; however, the absolute risk is relatively low (one in 151 pregnancies). This information should be taken into account when considering invasive testing in such pregnancies.


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