CHEUNG CHO YUE, M.D.
To the editor: I read with interest the case reported by Snydman and associates (1). I would like to suggest that their patient had rheumatoid arthritis, and that the presence of this disease was the cause of his apparent inability to control an Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection.
Since the discovery that rheumatoid arthritis precipitin, an antibody found primarily in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, was an antibody directed against a nuclear antigen on B-lymphocytes infected by the EB virus, much work has been done to show a connection between rheumatoid arthritis and EBV infection (2). Recently, two separate groups of workers
YUE CC. Immunoblastic Lymphoma, Infectious Mononucleosis, and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Ann Intern Med. ;97:453–454. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-97-3-453_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1982;97(3):453-454.
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