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1 J. Charles Jennette, MD, is the Kenneth M. Brinkhous Distinguished Professor and Chair of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and executive director of the University of North Carolina nephropathology division at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
| 2 Ronald J. Falk, MD, is the Nan and Hugh Cullman Eminent Professor and Chair of Medicine and director of the University of North Carolina Kidney Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
In Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Juliet ponders, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” She seems to discount the importance of names; however, the play illustrates how names are very important with respect to how something is perceived and treated. The entire tragedy that befalls Romeo and Juliet was precipitated by preconceptions resulting from their names.
Should disease that is closely associated with, and likely caused by, antineutrophil cytoplasmic autoantibodies (ANCAs) be named (diagnosed as) ANCA disease (similar to antiglomerular basement membrane [anti-GBM] disease), ANCA vasculitis (similar