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The occurrence of autoimmune phenomena in 28 patients with thromboangiitis obliterans (Buerger's disease) was determined. The following were sought: antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies against proteinase 3 (cANCA) and myeloperoxidase (pANCA), antinuclear antibodies, anti-Ro antibodies, anticardiolipin antibodies, and antiendothelial cell antibodies(More)
BACKGROUND Although a specific etiology for Takayasu arteritis has not been found, the bulk of evidence favors an autoimmune mechanism. We examined the sera of 19 patients with Takayasu arteritis for antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCA), antinuclear antibodies (ANA), anti-DNA antibodies, antibodies to extractable nuclear antigens (ENA), anti-Ro(More)
Circumscribed scleroderma (CS) shows a great variety of clinical pictures in children, but there is a preference of linear variants on the extremities and combined forms. Broad spectrum and high level of humoral immune phenomena, extension from distal to proximal, pansclerotic terminal state with defect of growth of the extremity are typical for linear(More)
The purpose of this study was to assess the utility of antiendothelial cell antibodies (AECAs) in patients with active and inactive Wegener's granulomatosis. We studied 32 patients with Wegener's disease (clinical criteria and biopsy, as well as titers of antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies with a cytoplasmic pattern [cANCA]) over 4 years and compared(More)
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