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Serological Biomarkers and Indices for the Current Activity and Prognosis of ANCA-Associated Vasculitis: Experience in a Single Centre in Korea

 Sung Soo Ahn  ;  Yong Beom Park  ;  Sang Won Lee 
 YONSEI MEDICAL JOURNAL, Vol.62(4) : 279-287, 2021-04 
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Antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody ; activity ; biomarkers ; indices ; prognosis ; serological ; vasculitis
Small vessel vasculitis is composed of two types of vasculitis based on immune-complex deposits, immune-complex vasculitis and antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody-associated vasculitis (AAV) according to the 2012 Chapel Hill Consensus Conferences Nomenclature of Vasculitis. In general, the current disease-states are assessed in three ways in real clinical practice such as activity, damage and functional status. Birmingham vasculitis activity score (BVAS, version 3) and five-factor score were calculated for assessing the cross-sectional activity and for predicting the prognosis of AAV, respectively. Since BVAS includes a wide spectrum of nine systemic items with differently weighted scores based on new-onset/worsening or persistent each symptom, it has been considered as the most reliable tool to assess AAV activity to date. However, since BVAS represents both cross-sectional and chronic clinical features, it has a limitation in flexibly reflecting the cross-sectional activity or severity of AAV. In addition, the heterogeneous items of BVAS are difficult to reflect the close correlation between BVAS and AAV pathogenesis. It is practically difficult to discover new biomarkers or indices that exceed the reliability of AAV-specific indices or acute-phase reactants established by long clinical experience. However, efforts to discover and develop new biomarkers or indices are expected to complement the clinical unmet need of existing AAV-specific indices and acute-phase reactants. In this review, we reviewed the serological biomarkers and indices that have been reported to date and introduced studies that investigated serological biomarkers and indices in Korean patients with AAV.
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Park, Yong Beom(박용범)
Ahn, Sung Soo(안성수) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9002-9880
Lee, Sang-Won(이상원) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8038-3341
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