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Research Article

Association of polymyalgia rheumatica and giant-cell arteritis with HLA-B8.

Br Med J 1977; 2 doi: (Published 15 October 1977) Cite this as: Br Med J 1977;2:989
  1. B Hazleman,
  2. A Goldstone,
  3. D Voak


    Histocompatibility antigens were determined in 30 patients with temporal arteritis, 27 patients with polymyalgia rheumatica, and 216 normal blood donors. HLA-B8 was significantly more common in patients with polymyalgia rheumatica (59%) and temporal arteritis (50%) than in the controls (27%). The findings of HLA-A10 in 26% of the patients with polymyalgia rheumatica compared with only 10% of the controls may be associated with the suggested immunological pathogenesis of the condition.