Sex-specific genetic variants associated with adult-onset inguinal hernia in a Taiwanese population

Int J Med Sci. 2023 Mar 27;20(5):607-615. doi: 10.7150/ijms.82331. eCollection 2023.


Introduction: Inguinal hernia repair is one of the most common surgeries worldwide. However, there is limited information on its underlying genetic mechanism. Studies on the genetic factors related to inguinal hernia in Han Chinese are lacking. Therefore, we aimed to conduct a hospital-based study to assess the genetic factors and comorbidities underlying inguinal hernia in Taiwan. Materials and Methods: This was a retrospective case-control study. Utilizing data from the Taiwan Precision Medicine Initiative, we identified 1000 patients with inguinal hernia and 10,021 matched controls without inguinal hernia between June 2019 and June 2020. Four susceptibility loci (rs2009262, rs13091322, rs6991952, and rs3809060) associated with inguinal hernia were genotyped by the Taiwan Biobank version 2 (TWBv2) array. Inguinal hernia, surgery types, and comorbidities were obtained from the electronic health records of Taichung Veterans General Hospital. Results: Adult-onset inguinal hernia was associated with WT1 rs3809060 GT/TT genotype in males and EFEMP1 rs2009262 TC/CC genotype in females. In addition, we identified sex-specific risk factors associated with inguinal hernia; benign prostatic hyperplasia in males (OR: 3.19, 95% CI: 2.73 – 3.73, p< 0.001), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in females (OR: 2.34, 95% CI: 1.33 – 4.11, p = 0.003) and overweight, defined by body mass index ≧24 kg/m2 (OR: 0.75, 95% CI: 0.65 – 0.86, p<0.001 in males, and OR: 0.60, 95% CI:0.37 – 0.98, p = 0.042 in females), were inversely associated with inguinal hernia. After stratifying BMI, overweight males with EFEMP1 rs2009262 TC/CC genotype exhibited a higher risk of inguinal hernia (OR: 1.31, 95% CI: 1.07 – 1.61, p = 0.01). Additionally, rs3809060 was specifically associated with male patients with direct-type inguinal hernia (OR: 1.62, 95% CI: 1.19 – 2.22, p = 0.002). Conclusion: Genetic susceptibility appears to participate in the pathogenesis of inguinal hernia in the Taiwanese population in a sex-specific manner. Future studies are needed to illuminate the complex interplay between heredity and comorbidities.

PMID:37082733 | PMC:PMC10110472 | DOI:10.7150/ijms.82331


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