Is HLA B27 antigen a predictor of cardiac or pulmonary disease in patients with rheumatoid arthritis?


Pericarditis was a frequent echocardiographic finding in 20 HLA B27 positive patients with erosive, seropositive rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and in 20 B27 negative RA controls (35% and 30% respectively). There was no significant difference in echocardiographic 2-D or M-mode measurements between the groups. A 48 hour continuous electrocardiographic monitoring… (More)


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