European Journal of Rheumatology
Case Report

Can rheumatoid vasculitis predate a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis?


Department of Rheumatology, Wexham Park Hospital, Slough, United Kingdom

Eur J Rheumatol 2017; 4: 57-58
DOI: 10.5152/eurjrheum.2017.160058
Read: 2484 Downloads: 1303 Published: 03 September 2019


We report regarding a male patient who presented with a systemic vasculitis that was consistent with a diagnosis of polyarteritis nodosa. At presentation, he had no features of inflammatory arthritis but had a high rheumatoid factor titer and low C4 level. Withdrawal of immunosuppression after 6 years resulted in the development of classical rheumatoid arthritis (RA). This case supports previous reports that revealed that vasculitis may predate the development or occur very early in the course of articular RA.

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