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Arch Intern Med. 1980 Feb;140(2):177-80.

Clinical application of the HLA-B27 test in rheumatic diseases. A current perspective.


Testing for the histocompatibility antigen HLA-B27 has been suggested as a valuable diagnostic aid in patients with ankylosing spondylitis and associated spondyloarthropathies, and B27 typing is becoming more readily available commercially at a number of clinical pathology laboratories. A current evaluation of B27 typing as a diagnostic test is presented, together with some guidelines for the clinical application of this test in the diagnosis of certain rheumatic diseases.

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