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Association of Cicatricial Pemphigoid and Rheumatoid Arthritis-Reply

Association of Cicatricial Pemphigoid and Rheumatoid Arthritis-Reply Abstract In Reply.— I must disagree with Dr Callen with regard to the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis in three of the four patients in our recent report. On the basis of history, clinical findings, and laboratory and roentgenographic data, the three cases fit the criteria for definite rheumatoid arthritis.1 Callen implies in his letter that because only two of the four patients had a positive rheumatoid factor, a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis can not be made. He does not seem to take into consideration the other data provided. I am sure that I do not need to point out that a positive rheumatoid factor is only one of 11 criteria used to make the diagnosis in the ARA's list. In addition, the fourth patient, who also happened to have a positive rheumatoid factor, did not have rheumatoid arthritis. He had ankylosing spondylitis as well, and this is clearly stated in References 1. Rodnan GP, McEwen C, Wallace SL (eds): Primer on the rheumatic diseases . JAMA 224( (suppl 5) ):663-805, 1973.Crossref 2. Callen JP, Anderson TF, Chanda JJ, et al: Bullous pemphigoid and other disorders associated with autoimmune phenomena . Arch Dermatol 114:245-246, 1978.Crossref 3. Lillicrap DA: Rheumatoid arthritis and pemphigoid . Proc R Soc Med 56:921-922, 1963. 4. Salo OP, Rasanen JA: Pemphigoid and rheumatoid arthritis . Ann Clin Res 4( (suppl 9) ):173-177, 1972. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Dermatology American Medical Association

Association of Cicatricial Pemphigoid and Rheumatoid Arthritis-Reply

Archives of Dermatology , Volume 115 (1) – Jan 1, 1979

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American Medical Association
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Copyright © 1979 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
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0003-987X
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1538-3652
DOI
10.1001/archderm.1979.04010010074034
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Abstract

Abstract In Reply.— I must disagree with Dr Callen with regard to the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis in three of the four patients in our recent report. On the basis of history, clinical findings, and laboratory and roentgenographic data, the three cases fit the criteria for definite rheumatoid arthritis.1 Callen implies in his letter that because only two of the four patients had a positive rheumatoid factor, a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis can not be made. He does not seem to take into consideration the other data provided. I am sure that I do not need to point out that a positive rheumatoid factor is only one of 11 criteria used to make the diagnosis in the ARA's list. In addition, the fourth patient, who also happened to have a positive rheumatoid factor, did not have rheumatoid arthritis. He had ankylosing spondylitis as well, and this is clearly stated in References 1. Rodnan GP, McEwen C, Wallace SL (eds): Primer on the rheumatic diseases . JAMA 224( (suppl 5) ):663-805, 1973.Crossref 2. Callen JP, Anderson TF, Chanda JJ, et al: Bullous pemphigoid and other disorders associated with autoimmune phenomena . Arch Dermatol 114:245-246, 1978.Crossref 3. Lillicrap DA: Rheumatoid arthritis and pemphigoid . Proc R Soc Med 56:921-922, 1963. 4. Salo OP, Rasanen JA: Pemphigoid and rheumatoid arthritis . Ann Clin Res 4( (suppl 9) ):173-177, 1972.

Journal

Archives of DermatologyAmerican Medical Association

Published: Jan 1, 1979

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