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Contribution of antiferritin antibodies to diagnosis of giant cell arteritis
  1. Alexis Régent1,2,
  2. Kim Heang Ly3,4,
  3. Aurélie Blet1,
  4. Christian Agard5,
  5. Xavier Puéchal1,2,
  6. Nicolas Tamas1,
  7. Claire Le-Jeunne6,
  8. Elisabeth Vidal3,4,
  9. Loïc Guillevin2,
  10. Luc Mouthon1,2
  1. 1Institut Cochin, INSERM U1016, CNRS UMR 8104, Université Paris Descartes, Paris, France
  2. 2Pôle de Médecine Interne, Centre de Référence pour les vascularites nécrosantes et la sclérodermie systémique, Hôpital Cochin, Assistance Publique Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP), Paris, France
  3. 3Service de Médecine Interne A, CHU Dupuytren, Limoges, France
  4. 4Laboratoire d'immunologie, EA3842, Faculté de médecine, Limoges, France
  5. 5Service de Médecine Interne, Hôpital Hôtel Dieu, Nantes, France
  6. 6Service de Médecine Interne, Hôpital Hôtel Dieu, AP-HP, Paris, France
  1. Correspondence to Dr Alexis Régent, Service de Médecine Interne, Hôpital Cochin, 27 rue du faubourg Saint-Jacques, 75679 Paris, Cedex 14, France; alexisregent{at}

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Establishing the diagnosis of giant cell arteritis (GCA) may be challenging. In the absence of validated biological marker1 and despite imaging technique contribution,2 the diagnosis of GCA currently relies on temporal artery biopsy (TAB). Autoantibodies have been identified in GCA3–6 and recently, Baerlecken et al7 detected IgG antibodies directed against a peptide of the human ferritin heavy chain (FTH1) in 92% of untreated GCA and polymyalgia rheumatica at first diagnosis versus 1% of healthy controls (HC).

In order to evaluate the diagnosis value of these antibodies, we tested sera from 122 consecutive patients suspected of GCA at the time of TAB. Based on the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) criteria,8 40 patients had biopsy-proven GCA (TAB+GCA), 29 patients had biopsy-negative GCA (TABGCA), 47 patients received another diagnosis than GCA (GCA controls) and 6 patients had polymyalgia rheumatica (collection dc-2010–1079). Sera from 40 healthy blood donors were used as HCs. All patients and controls gave signed informed consent. The study was approved by the ethics …

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