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Comparative study between swedish and sudanese RA patients
  1. A I Elshafie1,2,3,
  2. E Åhlin1,
  3. S A Norein4,
  4. K E Khalafalla3,
  5. M Al-Edreese5,
  6. E M Elagib6,
  7. M A M Nur5,
  8. J Rönnelid1
  1. 1Department of Oncology, Radiology and Clinical Immunology, University of Uppsala, Uppsala, Sweden
  2. 2Department of Clinical Pathology and Microbiology, Alribat University Hospital, Khartoum, Sudan
  3. 3Rayan Specialized Laborotary, Khartoum, Sudan
  4. 4Department of Immunology and Microbiology, Soba University Hospital, Khartoum, Sudan
  5. 5Unit of Rheumatology, Alribat University Hospital, Khartoum, Sudan
  6. 6Unit of Rheumatology, Military Hospital, Omdurman, Sudan

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Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a systemic inflammatory autoimmune disease, characterised by chronic, erosive polyarthritis and by the presence of various autoantibodies. These autoantibodies play an important role in the pathogenesis, especially rheumatoid factor (RF) and antibodies against cyclic citrullinated peptides (anti-CCP). According to our knowledge there are no data published concerning serologic RA phenotypes in Sudan.

Our aim was to evaluate the presence of RF and Anti-CCP in well-characterised cross-sectional hospital-based consecutive cohort of …

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