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How does a positive HLA-B27 correlate to Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and does it impact treatment?
Ara Dikranian, MD
San Diego Arthritis Medical Center, San Diego, CA

Date Added: 04/20/13

HLA-B27 is a specific gene which basically is a platform upon which foreign particles that may derive from viruses or bacteria can be presented to the immune system. HLA-B27 is more closely linked, not to rheumatoid arthritis, but to related conditions called the spondyloarthritis, specifically anky...
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Ara Dikranian, MD, is a Rheumatologist at the San Diego Arthritis Medical Clinic, a single-specialty private practice in San Diego, California. Dr. Dikranian was board certified in rheumatology in 2000. He completed his medical school at the University of Southern California and Rheumatology training at the University of California San Diego. Dr. Dikranian has practiced rheumatology in the US and abroad since 2000 and is involved in clinical trials dealing with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, lupus, gout, fibromyalgia, osteoporosis and chronic pain.
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