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Mannose–binding lectin (MBL) deficiency and tuberculosis infection in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS). We found a significant association between MBL deficiency and higher risk of tuberculosis and urinary tract infection in patients with AS. PubMed, Clin Rheumatol, 09/06/2017. (Also see Ankylosing Spondylitis and Extrapulmonary Tuberculosis) This item was posted in the ISN Newsroom. Please check the newsroom daily for updates on scleroderma and other related articles.
Extrapulmonary Tuberculosis. Tuberculosis is not an autoimmune disease, however when it spreads outside the lungs, it can affect any part of the body and thus it can imitate many autoimmune diseases, especially other systemic diseases such as scleroderma and lupus. (Also see: Jo Frowde and How to Volunteer) Posted 10/13/2014. This item was posted in the ISN Newsroom. Please check the newsroom daily for updates on scleroderma and other related articles.