PMID: 3490893Nov 1, 1986Paper

HLA antigens in palindromic rheumatism and palindromic onset rheumatoid arthritis

British Journal of Rheumatology
L R FisherM Shipley


Fifty patients who presented with typical palindromic rheumatism of at least 6 months' duration were tissue-typed for HLA A, B, C antigens. DR typing was also performed but was not possible for technical reasons in three patients. Twenty-three patients who had progressed to definite or classical rheumatoid arthritis (RA) after a mean interval of 5 years were compared with 20 patients whose palindromic attacks had persisted over a similar period. Both groups showed a significantly higher frequency of DR4 antigen than a control population. The RA group also showed an increased frequency of DR1. There was no significant difference in the frequency of DR4 or any other DR antigen between the two patient groups. The frequency of B27 antigen was significantly higher in the palindromic group compared with the controls. It is suggested that although DR4 may be associated with a tendency to inflammatory joint problems, environmental or other unrelated genetic factors may be more important in determining the progression of palindromic rheumatism to RA.


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