Prospective evaluation of neutrophil autoantibodies in 500 consecutive patients with inflammatory bowel disease.

Previous studies have shown antineutrophil cytoplasmic autoantibodies (ANCA) in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). A particular subclass, the so-called 'atypical' (perinuclear) p-ANCA type, occurs in the majority of patients with ulcerative colitis. The purpose of this prospective study was to assess, in a blinded fashion, this 'subclinical… CONTINUE READING