Natural course and prognosis of HLA-B27-positive oligoarthritis
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- Schattenkirchner, M. & Krüger, K. Clin Rheumatol (1987) 6: 83. doi:10.1007/BF02203389
A long-term follow-up of 119 patients with the descriptive diagnosis of B27-positive oligoarthritis showed that after a time between months to several years about half of the patients with this condition develop a definite disease of the seronegative spondarthritis group, especially ankylosing spondylitis. Another great part of the patients go into a complete and presumably persistent remission of their arthritis. After a follow-up time of 8 to 12 years, about 10% present a recurrent B27-associated oligoarthritis with some special clinical features. It is to be discussed whether this condition is a separate disease entity or still an abortive form of a well-known disease of the seronegative spondarthritis group.