Coronary artery aneurysms in patients with hyper IgE recurrent infection syndrome

Clin Immunol. 2007 Mar;122(3):255-8. doi: 10.1016/j.clim.2006.10.005. Epub 2006 Nov 13.


Hyper IgE recurrent infection syndrome (HIES, or Job's syndrome) is a primary immunodeficiency characterized by recurrent skin and lung infections, eczema, elevated serum immunoglobulin E (IgE) levels, and various connective tissue and skeletal system abnormalities including characteristic facies, scoliosis, joint hyperextensibility, retained primary dentition, craniosynostosis, osteopenia, and pathologic fractures. We have identified two patients with aneurysmal coronary artery disease. One was a forty-three-year-old man with HIES and coronary artery aneurysms and ectasia identified on cardiac catheterization following myocardial infarction. The other was a 48-year-old man with coronary artery ectasia-aneurysm identified after cardiac catheterization for evaluation of chest pain. Although connective tissue abnormalities are common in HIES, this is the first report of coronary artery aneurysms in HIES. Further studies are necessary to determine the incidence, pathogenesis, and optimal therapy of these arterial abnormalities in HIES.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Intramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Coronary Aneurysm / complications*
  • Coronary Aneurysm / diagnosis
  • Coronary Aneurysm / immunology
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Hypergammaglobulinemia / complications*
  • Hypergammaglobulinemia / diagnosis
  • Hypergammaglobulinemia / immunology
  • Immunoglobulin E / blood*
  • Job Syndrome / complications*
  • Job Syndrome / diagnosis
  • Job Syndrome / immunology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged


  • Immunoglobulin E