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Internal Medicine
Vol. 43 (2004) No. 12 P 1115-1119

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http://doi.org/10.2169/internalmedicine.43.1115

Rheumatic Diseases

Recently there has been considerable interest in a novel surrogate marker of endothelial injury, endothelial microparticles (EMP), in a number of diseases characterised by endothelial injury. This review examines the data relating to EMP in human disease states, and examines the potential for EMP to provide a window onto the activated endothelium in primary systemic vasculitides. The utility of EMP for the diagnosis and monitoring of active vasculitis is discussed.

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