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ABSTRACT: To assess the prevalence of concurrent extrahepatic autoimmune diseases in patients with autoimmune hepatitis (AIH)/primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) overlap syndrome and applicability of the 'mosaic of autoimmunity' in these patients.
The medical data of 71 AIH/PBC overlap patients were evaluated for associated autoimmune diseases.
In the study population, 31 (43.6%) patients had extrahepatic autoimmune diseases, including autoimmune thyroid diseases (13 patients, 18.3%), Sjögren syndrome (six patients, 8.4%), celiac disease (three patients, 4.2%), psoriasis (three patients, 4.2%), rheumatoid arthritis (three patients, 4.2%), vitiligo (two patients, 2.8%), and systemic lupus erythematosus (two patients, 2.8%). Autoimmune hemolytic anemia, antiphospholipid syndrome, multiple sclerosis, membranous glomerulonephritis, sarcoidosis, systemic sclerosis, and temporal arteritis were identified in one patient each (1.4%). A total of 181 autoimmune disease diagnoses were found in our patients. Among them, 40 patients (56.4%) had two, 23 (32.3%) had three, and eight (11.3%) had four diagnosed autoimmune diseases.
A large number of autoimmune diseases were associated with AIH/PBC overlap patients. Therefore, extended screening for existing autoimmune diseases during the routine assessment of these patients is recommended. Our study suggests that the concept of 'mosaic of autoimmunity' is a valid clinical entity that is applicable to patients with AIH/PBC overlap syndrome.
European journal of gastroenterology & hepatology 05/2012; 24(5):531-4. · 1.66 Impact Factor