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IgA vasculitis in adults: few certainties and many uncertainties
  1. Alojzija Hočevar1,2,
  2. Matija Tomšič1,2,
  3. Žiga Rotar1
  1. 1 Department of Rheumatology, University Medical Centre Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  2. 2 Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Alojzija Hočevar, Department of Rheumatology, University Medical Centre Ljubljana, Ljubljana 1000, Slovenia; alojzija.hocevar{at}

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We read with great interest the article on cardiovascular, thromboembolic and renal outcomes in patients with immunoglobulin A vasculitis (IgAV), published recently online in A nnals of the R heumatic D iseases.1

Tracy et al, estimated both a childhood and an adult onset of IgAV incidence rates and reported an increased risk of hypertension and chronic kidney disease in patients with IgAV, compared with age-matched and sex-matched controls based on retrospective data over a 12-year period extracted from a primary care database in the UK. They estimated the incidence rate of adult IgAV at 2.2 per 100 000 person-years,1 which is close to the historic belief that IgAV rarely affects adults but was …

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