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Immunol Today. 1992 May;13(5):160-4.

Slow bacterial infections or autoimmunity?

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Dept of Medical Microbiology, University College and Middlesex School of Medicine, London, UK.

Abstract

In this article, Graham Rook and John Stanford propose that a group of idiopathic diseases that are often associated with a degree of autoimmunity and arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, sarcoidosis and psoriasis, are caused by extremely slow-growing bacteria. They suggest that these diseases are one end of a continuous spectrum caused by related slow-growing genera, which ranges from rheumatoid arthritis, through Takayasu's arteritis and Whipple's disease, to reach the conventional mycobacterioses such as tuberculosis and leprosy.

PMID:
1642753
DOI:
10.1016/0167-5699(92)90119-R
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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