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Lupus. 2012 Feb;21(2):153-7. doi: 10.1177/0961203311430222.

Giant cell arteritis and polymyalgia rheumatica after influenza vaccination: report of 10 cases and review of the literature.

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  • 1Clinical Autoimmunity Unit, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Rome, Italy.

Abstract

Giant cell arteritis (GCA) and polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) are inflammatory rheumatic diseases common in people over the age of 50 years. Herein, we report 10 cases of previously healthy subjects who developed GCA/PMR within 3 months of influenza vaccination (Inf-V). A Medline search uncovered additional 11 isolated cases of GCA/PMR occurring after Inf-V. We discuss the role of individual susceptibility, the potential function of immune adjuvants as triggers of autoimmunity post-vaccination, and the correlation of our observation with the 'ASIA' syndrome, i.e. autoimmune/inflammatory syndrome induced by adjuvants and including post-vaccination phenomena.

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