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June 1999

Prognostic Factors in Leukocytoclastic Vasculitis: What Is the Role of Antineutrophil Cytoplasmic Antibody?—Reply

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Arch Dermatol. 1999;135(6):715. doi:10-1001/pubs.Arch Dermatol.-ISSN-0003-987x-135-6-dlt0699

In reply

We are grateful to Papi et al for their interest in and comments on our article. First, we would like to clarify that the term polyarteritis nodosa in Table 2 of our article1 includes cases of both classic polyarteritis nodosa and microscopic polyangiitis. So, while it is true that no diagnosis of Wegener granulomatosis was reported in our series, microscopic polyangiitis was in fact diagnosed in 8 patients. As described in the text, this group of patients was included among the 13 patients (40%) with ANCA-positive test findings with systemic vasculitic involvement.1

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