Rheumatoid nodules in rheumatoid arthritis are usually associated with high levels of IgM rheumatoid factors and aggressive disease. IgM, IgG, and C3 have been identified in tissue sections of rheumatoid nodules, suggesting pathogenetic importance. The role of IgM and IgG rheumatoid factors in sero-negative RA is poorly understood. Seven patients with active seronegative RA and rheumatoid nodules and 10 seronegative children with the syndrome of benign rheumatoid nodules were studied for the presence of IgG and IgM rheumatoid factors by radioimmunoassay and for complement-fixing IgM rheumatoid factor by haemolytic assay. Elevated titres of hidden complement fixing IgM rheumatoid factor were found in 60 % of the patients with benign rheumatoid nodules studied but in none of the patients with active seronegative nodular RA. Serum IgG and IgM rheumatoid factor levels by radioimmunoassay and circulating immune complex levels in both groups were not significantly different from normal controls. These data suggest IgG and IgM rheumatoid factors do not participate in the pathogenesis of active seronegative rheumatoid arthritis with rheumatoid nodules.
- Rheumatoid Factor
- Rheumatoid Nodules
- Seronegative Rheumatoid Arthritis
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