The coexistence of active classic rheumatoid arthritis and AIDS

L. D. Kerr, H. Spiera

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The lack of previous reports documenting the coexistence of active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) despite an abundance of other HIV associated autoimmune phenomena has generated a hypothesis regarding the necessity of the T 4 cell for the development or continued activity of RA. We are the first to describe a patient in whom AIDS did not induce a remission of active synovitis. This observation emphasizes the complexity of the pathogenesis of RA.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1739-1740
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Rheumatology
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1991


  • AIDS
  • rheumatoid arthritis


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