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OBJECTIVES Herein, we investigate the presence and prognostic value of autoantibodies against carbamylated proteins (anti-CarP) in the serum of patients with primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS). PATIENTS AND METHODS Serum levels of anti-CarP antibodies were measured in Norwegian patients with pSS (n=78) and corresponding controls (n=74) using ELISA and(More)
OBJECTIVES To investigate major salivary gland ultrasonography (US) in relation to symptoms and findings of oral and ocular dryness, and autoimmune disease, for potential use in diagnosis and follow-up of patients with primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS). METHODS Patients with pSS were recruited from the Department of Rheumatology, Haukeland University(More)
Toll-like receptors (TLRs) are pattern recognition receptors important for the detection of pathogen-associated molecular patterns. They are localized on cellular membranes, on either the cell surface or the endosomes. Primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS) is a systemic rheumatic autoimmune disease characterized by lymphocytic infiltrations in exocrine glands(More)
Autoimmune polyendocrine syndrome type I (APS-I) is a severe disease caused by mutations in the autoimmune regulator (AIRE) gene. We hypothesized that salivary gland dysfunction could be a possible unexplored component of these patients and here aimed to investigate salivary and lachrymal symptoms in the Norwegian cohort of APS-I patients (N = 41) and the(More)
A previously healthy 35-year-old woman presented with severe thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) affecting several organs and concomitant influenza A infection. On admission to hospital, haemoglobin was 5.4 g/dl, platelet count 6 × 10/l, Schistocyte count in peripheral blood 5%, and throat swab positive for influenza A RNA. The patient was treated(More)
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