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INTRODUCTION Low copy number (CN) of the Fc gamma receptor 3B (FCGR3B) gene has been associated with systemic autoimmune disease. This receptor for IgG is present almost exclusively on neutrophils and plays a role in their interaction with immune complexes. At present the relationship between FCGR3B and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is unclear. The aim of the(More)
Do patients with central nervous system systemic lupus erythematosus (CNS-SLE) demonstrate more cognitive and emotional disturbances than SLE patients without cerebral involvement (non-CNS-SLE) and patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA)? Test results indicated that CNS-SLE patients performed less well on two concentration subtests in comparison with both(More)
OBJECTIVE Rituximab (RTX) is an anti-CD20 antibody used successfully in granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) for induction and maintenance of remission. Our study aims to evaluate the long-term efficacy and safety of chronic pre-emptive RTX therapy in GPA. METHODS Retrospective study of 35 GPA patients treated with RTX between April 2004 and September(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the association between haplotypes in the 5' regulatory region of the B-lymphocyte activating factor (BAFF) gene, disease susceptibility and serum BAFF (s-BAFF) levels in Caucasian primary SS (pSS) patients. METHODS Case-control study in an established pSS cohort with PCR-RFLP genotyping for four SNPs (-2841 T-->C, -2704 T-->C,(More)
Current therapeutic and diagnostic resources have turned systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) into a chronic disease by reducing mortality rates. The exact contribution of disease activity and disease related damage to mortality is not well studied. The aim of this study was to describe the current causes of death (COD) in a multinational European cohort of(More)
BACKGROUND The onset of disease in ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is generally earlier than in other joint diseases, exposing patients to a prolonged burden of disease. Whether this is associated with excess mortality is still uncertain. Radiation therapy for AS has previously been shown to increase mortality. The present study investigated standardised(More)
OBJECTIVE Anemia of chronic disease (ACD) is the most common extraarticular manifestation of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), but there is limited information on the cause and consequences of ACD. We investigated the prevalence, relation with proinflammatory cytokines, and effect on disease outcome of ACD in patients with RA. METHODS The presence of anemia was(More)
An inception cohort of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus from 14 European centres was followed for up to 5 years in order to describe the current early disease course. At inclusion patients (n = 200, 89% female, mean age 35 years, 97% Caucasian, mean SLEDAI 12.2) fulfilled a mean of 6.5 ACR classification criteria. The most prevalent criteria were(More)
Seventeen patients with symptomatic cerebral arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) were diagnosed between 1980 and 1990 in the Leeward Islands of the Netherlands Antilles. Five patients had multiple AVMs. The annual incidence of symptomatic AVMs was 1.1/100,000. The mean age of presentation was 35 years. In 6 patients cerebral AVMs were associated with(More)
Reports in haematology, transplantation medicine and rheumatology indicate that Rituximab, a B cell depleting therapy, increases the risk for Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumopathy. Patients with antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCA)-associated vasculitis have an increased incidence of P. jiroveci pneumopathy compared to other autoimmune diseases and(More)