Occupational exposure in ANCA-positive patients: a case-control study.

@article{Beaudreuil2005OccupationalEI,
  title={Occupational exposure in ANCA-positive patients: a case-control study.},
  author={S{\'e}verine Beaudreuil and G{\'e}rard Lasfargues and Laurence Lau{\'e}riere and Zen El Ghoul and Florence Fourquet and C{\'e}dric Longuet and J. -M. Halimi and Hubert Nivet and Matthias B{\"u}chler},
  journal={Kidney international},
  year={2005},
  volume={67 5},
  pages={
          1961-6
        }
}
BACKGROUND Antineutrophil cytoplasmic autoantibodies (ANCA) are valuable biomarkers for the diagnosis and follow-up of small vessel vasculitis. The role of ANCA has not yet been fully established, but genetic, infectious, and/or environmental factors may increase susceptibility to these diseases. We performed an epidemiologic study to investigate whether the presence of ANCA was associated with silica or any other form of occupational exposure, regardless of the underlying disease. METHODS… CONTINUE READING
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