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Autoantibodies directed against cellular constituents rarely react with antigens localized in the Golgi apparatus and little information is available regarding these particular antibodies. Although thousands of samples have been examined for autoantibodies in our laboratory on a routine basis, only three human sera with anti-Golgi antibodies could be(More)
Antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies positivity with cytoplasmic pattern (C-ANCA) and proteinase-3 (PR-3) specificity was found in two patients with both subacute bacterial endocarditis (SBE) and glomerular involvement. Renal biopsy showed membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis in one case and focal segmental glomerulonephritis in the second case.(More)
We report on a 60-year-old woman with systemic lupus erythematosus and a total (95%) C1r and a partial (36%) C1s deficiency. The patient complained about cutaneous lesions on forearms and legs without other systemic involvement. Elevated anti-nuclear, anti-native DNA and anti-SSA antibodies were present. The finding of persistently depressed levels of(More)
The syndrome of acquired angioneurotic edema (AAE) is characterized by the adult onset of angioedema, the lack of evidence for inheritance of the disorder, and the frequent association of the C1-inhibitor (C1-INH) deficiency with lymphoproliferative or other malignant diseases. Recently, a new type of AAE (type II AAE) has been described. The two major(More)
We studied clinical and biological data of 18 patients presenting ANCA associated diseases for 16 months at least. Five relapses were preceded by ANCA elevation, 1 relapse was not. Four transient elevations were noted without any clinical event. We think ANCA level elevation by itself is not enough for deciding therapy intensification, clinical data are(More)
Antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCA) are autoantibodies mainly directed against alpha granules' components (especially proteinase 3 (PR 3) and myeloperoxidase (MPO). They are usually detected by indirect immunofluorescence (IIF) giving essentially two staining patterns, cytoplasmic and perinuclear. Nevertheless the IIF method does not allow to(More)
INTRODUCTION Myeloid sarcomas are uncommon proliferations of immature myeloid cells occurring in any extramedullary organ. We report here two cases of myeloid sarcomas in patients with, respectively, a polycythemia vera and a myelodysplastic syndrome. CASE REPORTS The first is an 81-year-old woman who presented with osteolytic lesions. Diagnosis has been(More)