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Antineutrophil Cytoplasmic Antibody - Associated Vasculitides: Could Geographic Patterns Be Explained by Ambient Ultraviolet Radiation?

Gatenby, Paul; Lucas, Robyn; Engelsen, Ola; Ponsonby, Anne-Louise; Clements, Mark


Objective. This ecological study describes and quantifies the association between ambient ultraviolet (UV) radiation levels, including daily winter vitamin D effective UV radiation levels and the incidence of the 3 antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody-associated vasculitides (AAVs): Wegener's granulomatosis (WG), microscopic polyangiitis (MPA), and Churg-Strauss syndrome (CSS). Latitudinal variation in occurrence of the AAVs, especially WG, has been previously reported. For other autoimmune...[Show more]

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Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Arthritis & Rheumatism
DOI: 10.1002/art.24790


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