Hans C. Nossent

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OBJECTIVE To determine if changes in the incidence, prevalence, and clinical presentation of Wegener's granulomatosis (WG) have occurred in the stable population of northern Norway during a 15-year period. METHODS We performed a retrospective cohort study using hospital discharge records from all 11 hospitals in the region and the databases of the 2(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the incidence and prevalence of ankylosing spondylitis (AS) over a prolonged period in the 2 northernmost counties of Norway, where HLA-B27 has a high prevalence in the population. METHODS We conducted a cohort study of all patients registered with a diagnosis of AS between 1960 and 1993 at the University Hospital of Northern(More)
Overexpression of B-lymphocyte activating factor (BAFF) results in arthritis, glomerulonephritis and autoantibody formation in mice, but its role in human autoimmune disease is less obvious. Serum BAFF levels in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) (n=42) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) (n=60) were related to levels of disease activity, anti-dsDNA(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine survival, organ damage and predictors of these outcomes in a population-based, longitudinal cohort study of patients with Wegener's granulomatosis (WG). METHODS In a retrospective study, 56 WG patients (median age 50 yr) were followed for 56.5 months. Clinical and laboratory data, disease activity, organ involvement and the(More)
The classification of Spondyloarthritis (SpA) has been revised with the introduction of the ASAS classification criteria. Although this has best been described in ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic arthritis, there are population studies evaluating the epidemiology of the different subgroups of SpA. In this paper, we present data on the incidence and(More)
Abnormal findings on salivary gland scintigraphy (SGS) are part of the classification criteria for Sjøgren’s syndrome (SS), but SGS is operator dependent and poorly standardised. We studied the use of quantitative data on the uptake, concentration and excretion of the four major salivary glands in the evaluation of sicca patients. During an initial clinical(More)
We reassessed renal biopsy specimens from 116 patients with systemic lupus erythematosus and clinical manifestations of lupus nephritis to determine the contributions of the World Health Organization classification system, the activity and chronicity indexes of the National Institutes of Health scoring system, and various clinical parameters at the time of(More)
We report a case of longstanding multidrug resistant Schnitzler’s syndrome that finally went into clinical remission upon treatment with anakinra and review the literature concerning IL1-RA treatment for Schnitzler’s syndrome. A now 71-year-old patient presenting with recurring episodes of urticaria and fever and secondary weight loss for the past 16 years(More)
It is unclear whether the destructive lesions of the vertebral bodies in the spondylodiscitis of ankylosing spondylitis (AS) are related to mechanical stress or inflammation. We describe early immunohistopathological findings in an AS patient with severe symptomatic spondylodiscitis that support an inflammatory origin.