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Antibodies to proteus species were measured in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and in healthy controls by a Coombs agglutination method. The titres to Proteus mirabilis were higher in 30 RA patients being treated with gold than in 24 patients with active AS (p less than 0.001), 28 patients with inactive AS (p less(More)
Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a potentially disabling rheumatic disease for which no curative treatment has yet been discovered. An extensive computer-based and manual search was undertaken to evaluate the role of microbes in the pathogenesis of AS. All together 147 papers were scrutinised. A total of 24 studies carried out on 1330 AS patients and 1191(More)
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