Leader Mechanisms of viral pathogenesis in rheumatic disease

  • Published 1999


Considerable evidence indicates that viruses may be important environmental factors in the pathogenesis of autoimmune rheumatic diseases. A concordance rate of 25% for the most common illnesses, such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in monozygotic twins shows that genetic factors influence susceptibility to autoimmune… (More)

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