THOMAS K. BURNHAM, M.B., B.S.
To the editor: In their recent "Brief Communication" Levitin, Weary, and Giuliano (1) reported a positive immunofluorescent "band" test in the clinically normal skin in three of six patients with mixed connective tissue disease and in five of six patients with systemic lupus erythematosus. Although the authors did not state whether they took light-exposed or light-protected clinically normal skin, the high prevalence of the band in the lupus erythematosus group suggests that light-exposed skin was probably used. Positive "band" tests have been found more frequently in light-exposed than in light-protected clinically normal skin from patients with lupus erythematosus (2). We
BURNHAM TK. "Band" Test in Connective Tissue Disease. Ann Intern Med. ;83:909–910. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-83-6-909
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