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Br J Dermatol. 1980 Feb;102(2):179-84.

Psoriasis and HLA-Cw6.


The prevalence of histocompatibility antigen HLA-Cw6 was 72.7% in twenty-two patients with the guttate form and 45.9% in thirty-seven patients with the vulgaris form of psoriasis; the difference between these figures and the prevalence (7.4%) in 462 healthy blood donors in Finland is highly significant. The previously observed excess of several HLA-B locus genes might be secondary to their close linkage with the Cw6 gene. Hereditary factors appear more important in the guttate than in the vulgaris form of psoriasis.

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