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Rheumatologists should be aware of the high rate of mortality associated with Pneumocystis pneumonia and use preventive strategies in at-risk patients, such as those on an immunosuppressive-induction regimen.
Few tests have the ability to detect and potentially prevent organ and life-threatening disease the way urinalysis can. With small vessel vasculitis, its ability to detect glomerulonephritis early is particularly valuable.
In older Wegener’s patients, outcome is influenced by comorbid illnesses and enhanced risk for medication toxicities. Proactive monitoring and patient education play an important role in optimizing the potential for recovery.
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Cavitary lung lesions carry a broad differential diagnosis. Even in patients who have a firmly established diagnosis of GPA, cavities may have other causes, and a thorough assessment of other organ sites is warranted.
Identifying reliable biomarkers of disease activity in granulomatosis with polyangiitis is the goal of a collaboration between Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University
Study findings support the addition of a conventional maintenance agent, in the absence of contraindications, with rituximab to reduce the risk of relapse in granulomatosis with polyangiitis patients.
Addition of a conventional maintenance agent to rituximab and glucocorticoids reduced the incidence of GPA relapse without resulting in a higher incidence of adverse events in study.