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Speaker abstracts 2001
Objectives The objective was to assess the distribution and possible associations of HLA-DRB1 alleles in the Russian population with long standing rheumatoid arthritis. Methods Forty four patients (pts) with RA (2 males, 42 females, mean age 53.3 ± 10.85 yr. and mean disease duration 12.9 ± 7.71 yr. and 135 controls were typed for HLA-DRB1 alleles using PCR based molecular techniques. Radiological outcome was measured by scoring X-rays of the hands and feet using the standard radiographs ofdoi:10.1136/annrheumdis-2001.941 fatcat:andpzbydsrcpdgpl7wnz2dnrpu