A 70-year-old woman with systemic lupus erythematosus presented with a brain abscess manifesting as progressive monoparesis of the right lower extremity over 4 days. She had had no episodes of fever, and did not complain of headache or exhibit any signs of meningeal irritability. Computed tomography of the brain showed a round, low-density mass with strong… (More)
We determined the extent to which chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) patients with sicca symptoms fulfil the diagnostic criteria for Sjögren's syndrome (SS). Three sets of diagnostic criteria for SS, formulated by the Japanese, Europeans and Fox, were used. One-third of the CFS patients with sicca symptoms fulfilled the diagnostic criteria for SS. However, they… (More)
Hereditary deficiencies in early and late complement components are well known to predispose to SLE-like syndromes or recurrent infection. Hitherto reported C9 deficient cases have usually been healthy subjects, however, and it is not considered that C9 deficiency is associated with any specific disease. We describe a completely C9 deficient patient with… (More)
A 40 year old man who had a systemic inflammatory enthesopathy without spondylarthritis and HLA-B27 is described. The presence of hypergammaglobulinaemia and the effectiveness of glucocorticoid therapy suggested the possibility of its aetiology being 'autoimmune' in nature.