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Introduction 

Introduction

Chapter:
Introduction
Author(s):

I.P. Giles

and David A. Isenberg

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.191101_update_002

July 30, 2015: This chapter has been re-evaluated and remains up-to-date. No changes have been necessary.

Update:

Revised (2012) International Chapel Hill Consensus Conference Nomenclature of Vasculitides.

Updated on 29 Aug 2013. The previous version of this content can be found here.
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date: 23 August 2017

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