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December 8, 1978

Aortic Insufficiency With Mild Ankylosing Spondylitis in Black Men

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medicine, Section of Rheumatology, Louisiana State University School of Medicine, New Orleans.

JAMA. 1978;240(24):2652-2653. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03290240052025
Abstract

Two black male patients with aortic insufficiency were later found to have mild, asymptomatic ankylosing spondylitis, evident from roentgenograms and from the presence of HLA-B27 antigen. The two cases emphasize that even "subclinical" ankylosing spondylitis may have aortic insufficiency, and that the uncommon occurrence of ankylosing spondylitis in black patients may also be associated with this extra-articular manifestation.

(JAMA 240:2652-2653, 1978)

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