Infections Are Not Increased in Scleroderma Compared to Non-Inflammatory Musculoskeletal Disorders Prior to Disease Onset

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UNLABELLED The etiology of scleroderma (SSc) is unknown; immunogenic stimuli such as infections and vaccinations could theoretically be risk factors for scleroderma. Our objective was to assess the relationship between viral and bacterial infections, and vaccinations, prior to diagnosis of SSc compared to non-inflammatory controls. METHODS A questionnaire… (More)
DOI: 10.2174/1874312900701010012

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