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A relation between HLA antigens and clinical features in patients with acquired valvular heart disease.

Br Med J 1976; 1 doi: (Published 19 June 1976) Cite this as: Br Med J 1976;1:1499
  1. C Ward,
  2. K Gelsthorpe,
  3. R W Doughty


    Analysis of the HLA antigen patterns in patients with acquired valvular heart disease showed that antigens A29 and AW30/31 occurred more often in those patients whose valvular disease was not preceeded by a history of rheumatic fever or chorea. Patients with no rheumatic history but with antigen A29 or AW30/31 had clinical features that distinguished them from others with valvular disease--namely, (a) isolated mitral valve disease and (b) the need for surgery, often at an early age, after a relatively short duration of symptoms.