A 55-Year-Old woman with orbital inflammation.

Division of Arthritis and Rheumatic Diseases, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road OP09, Portland, OR 97239. .
Arthritis care & research 11/2012; 64(11). DOI: 10.1002/acr.21822
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