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Acute poststreptococcal glomerulonephritis in Maracaibo. II: Studies on the incidence, nature, and significance of circulating anti-immunoglobulins.
  1. R M McIntosh,
  2. D Rabideau,
  3. J E Allen,
  4. R Garcia,
  5. L Rubio,
  6. R I Carr,
  7. B Rodriguez-Iturbe


    Antiglobulins were measured in the sera of 82 patients with acute poststreptococcal glomerulonephritis and correlated with C1q binding activity, serum levels of immunoglobulins and C3, site of infection, antibody titres to streptococcal enzymes, and the duration of the nephritis and interval from infection. Raised serum antiglobulins were found in 89.2% of the patients. In addition, raised titres were detected at any time during the course of the disease and very early after streptococcal infection. The finding of antiglobulins soon after the infection suggests the possibility that they appear as a primary event in the disease.

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