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HLA-B27 antigen in diagnosis of atypical seronegative inflammatory arthropathy.
  1. G Joliat,
  2. A Ferro,
  3. M Jeannet,
  4. H Ott


    Eighteen patients with an inflammatory pauciarticular peripheral arthropathy not typical of any known entity showed an asymmetrical pattern of disease, with a predilection for the lower extremities. Destructive joint changes and deformities were absent (mean follow-up 10 years). Although spondylitis and sacroiliitis were absent on x-rays, HLA-B27 antigen was found in 8 patients (44%). This antigen and similar joint symptoms are also found in other forms of arthritis.

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