Should We Screen for Janus Kinase 2 V617F Mutation in Cerebral Venous Thrombosis?

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Abstract

Background: The presence of Janus Kinase 2 (JAK2) V617F mutation represents a major diagnostic criterion for detecting myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN) and even in the absence of overt MPN, JAK2 V617F mutation is associated with splanchnic vein thrombosis. However, the actual prevalence and diagnostic value of the JAK2 V617F mutation in patients with cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT) are not known. The aims of this study were to assess the prevalence of JAK2 V617F mutation in a large group of consecutive CVT patients, to detect clinical, biological, and radiological features associated with the mutation, and to determine the long-term venous thrombosis recurrence rate in CVT patients with JAK2 mutation but without overt MPN in order to recommend the best preventive treatment. Methods: This was a prospective study conducted on consecutive patients with a first-ever radiologically confirmed CVT. JAK2 V617F mutation analysis was assessed in all the study subjects. JAK2 V617F-positive patients were followed up to detect new venous thrombotic events. Results: Of the 125 included subjects, 7 were found to have JAK2 V617F mutation (5.6%; 95% CI 2.3-11.2). Older age (p = 0.039) and higher platelet count (p = 0.004) were independently associated with JAK2 V617F positivity in patients without overt MPN. During a mean follow-up period of 59 (SD 46) months, 2 JAK2 V617F-positive patients presented with 4 new venous thromboembolic events. Conclusions: Screening for the JAK2 V617F mutation in CVT patients seems to be useful even in the absence of overt MPN and/or in the presence of other risk factors for CVT because of its relatively high prevalence and the risk of thrombosis recurrence.

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