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Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
Print version ISSN 0365-0596
DUARTE, Artur Antônio. Antinuclear factor in dermatology. An. Bras. Dermatol. [online]. 2005, vol.80, n.4, pp. 387-394. ISSN 0365-0596. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0365-05962005000400010.
This is a review and update article on antinuclear antibodies assays, in particular the antinuclear factor, in which are approached histological and epidemiological aspects, physiopathogenesis, identification methods, their specificities and interpretation, correlating them to their applicability in the dermatologist's and general clinician's clinical practice.
Keywords : Antinuclear antibodies; Autoimmunity; Collagen diseases; Fluorescent antibody technique.