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Rheumatoid factor in non-rheumatoid black patients.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  68547     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A total of 301 Black patients without rheumatic diseases was studied to estimate the prevalence and causes of positive rheumatoid factor. The latex slide test was positive in 25% of patients and 21% had a 'diagnostic' titre of 80 or more. A significant relationship between gamma-globulin levels and rheumatoid factor positivity was demonstrated. IgG appeared to be the most important in determining this relationship. The most common ailments among sero-positive patients were cirrhosis and tuberculosis.
I M Chalmers; D J Pudifin; E G Shephard
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  South African medical journal = Suid-Afrikaanse tydskrif vir geneeskunde     Volume:  51     ISSN:  0256-9574     ISO Abbreviation:  S. Afr. Med. J.     Publication Date:  1977 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1977-07-29     Completed Date:  1977-07-29     Revised Date:  2014-09-12    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0404520     Medline TA:  S Afr Med J     Country:  SOUTH AFRICA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  617-20     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
African Americans*
African Continental Ancestry Group
Blood Proteins / analysis
Immunoglobulins / analysis
Liver Diseases / blood
Middle Aged
Rheumatoid Factor* / analysis
South Africa
Tuberculosis / blood
gamma-Globulins / analysis
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Blood Proteins; 0/Immunoglobulins; 0/gamma-Globulins; 9009-79-4/Rheumatoid Factor

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