Anticitrullinated protein/peptide antibodies in rheumatoid arthritis.

  title={Anticitrullinated protein/peptide antibodies in rheumatoid arthritis.},
  author={Wolfgang Ludwig Gross and Frank Moosig and P. N. Lamprecht},
  journal={Deutsches Arzteblatt international},
  volume={106 10},
R heumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic systemic autoimmune disease and is the most frequent form of inflammatory joint disease. The prevalence is between 0.5% and 1%; women are affected about three times more often than men. The prevalence increases to about 2% in the fourth and fifth decades of life. RA is characterized by symmetrical, eroding joint synovitis. The systemic character of the disease is evident in the participation of other organs, including the heart and lung. In most patients… CONTINUE READING
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