Autosomal dominant hypercholesterolemia: needs for early diagnosis and cascade screening in the tunisian population

Curr Genomics. 2013 Mar;14(1):25-32. doi: 10.2174/138920213804999200.


Autosomal dominant hypercholesterolemia (ADH) is characterized by an isolated elevation of plasmatic low-density lipoprotein (LDL), which predisposes to premature coronary artery disease (CAD) and early death. ADH is largely due to mutations in the low-density lipoprotein receptor gene (LDLR), the apolipoprotein B-100 gene (APOB), or the proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9). Early diagnosis and initiation of treatment can modify the disease progression and its outcomes. Therefore, cascade screening protocol with a combination of plasmatic lipid measurements and DNA testing is used to identify relatives of index cases with a clinical diagnosis of ADH. In Tunisia, an attenuated phenotypic expression of ADH was previously reported, indicating that the establishment of a special screening protocol is necessary for this population.

Keywords: Autosomal dominant hypercholesterolemia; Molecular default.; Screening protocol.