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We describe 5 patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who developed pulmonary complications following infliximab therapy; 4 patients had preexisting usual interstitial pneumonia. As the pathophysiology of the pulmonary insult is unknown, we advise caution in the use of anti-tumor necrosis factor-alpha therapy in patients with RA with underlying lung disease(More)
BACKGROUND The classification of antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody-associated vasculitis (AAV) and polyarteritis nodosa (PAN) for epidemiology studies is confusing. The existing schemes such as American College of Rheumatology (ACR) criteria, Chapel Hill Consensus Conference (CHCC) definitions and Lanham criteria produce overlapping and conflicting(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe the epidemiology of the primary systemic vasculitides (PSV; Wegener's granulomatosis, Churg-Strauss syndrome, microscopic polyangiitis, polyarteritis nodosa) in a well-defined population over a 10-year period. METHODS An inception cohort of patients from the Norwich Health Authority (NHA) who were >15 years of age and had PSV first(More)
BACKGROUND Wegener's granulomatosis (WG), Churg Strauss syndrome (CSS) and microscopic polyangiitis (MPA) are primary systemic vasculitides (PSV), the clinical features of which have been described from tertiary centres. AIM To provide the first clinical description of MPA from a general hospital and compare clinical features with WG and CSS. DESIGN(More)
OBJECTIVE Adverse effects (AEs) are a major concern when starting antiepileptic drug (AED) treatment. This study quantified the extent to which AE reporting in people with new-onset seizures started on AEDs is attributable to the medication per se, and investigated variables contributing to AE reporting. METHODS We pooled data from 2 large prospective(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess quality of life (QOL) and psychological adjustment in primary systemic vasculitis (PSV), and to assess their relationship to disease-related measures. METHODS Fifty-one PSV patients completed questionnaires assessing QOL (Short Form 36 [SF-36]), disability (Health Assessment Questionnaire [HAQ]), and mood (Hospital Anxiety and(More)
The systemic vasculitides are heterogeneous conditions of unknown etiology characterized by inflammation and necrosis of different sized blood vessels. Wegener's Granulomatosis, microscopic polyangiitis, and Churg Strauss syndrome are associated with anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies and affect small and medium blood vessels. They are very rare in(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the association between primary systemic vasculitis (PSV) and environmental risk factors. METHODS Seventy-five PSV cases and 273 controls (220 nonvasculitis, 19 secondary vasculitis, and 34 asthma controls) were interviewed using a structured questionnaire. Factors investigated were social class, occupational and residential(More)
BACKGROUND Systemic rheumatoid vasculitis (SRV) is a relatively rare complication of RA. The incidence of SRV appeared to increase during the 1970s and 1980s from 6.0 to 12.5/million. During the 1990s there have been major changes in the treatment of RA, with more aggressive control of inflammation. Our aim was to study the epidemiology of SRV in a stable,(More)