Prevalence of cryoglobulinemia and cryoglobulinemic vasculitis in chronically HCV-infected Brazilian patients.

Author

Alexandre W Silva- de Souza

Affiliation

Department of Medicine, Division of Rheumathology, Escola Paulista de Medicina, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil. Electronic address: [Email]

Abstract

Cryoglobulinemia is one of the most frequent extrahepatic manifestations of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and it may evolve to cryoglobulinemic vasculitis (CryoVas) which is a systemic vasculitis that affects small-sized vessels. The objective of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of cryoglobulinemia and CryoVas in HCV patients in São Paulo, Brazil.

Keywords

Complement system proteins,Cryoglobulinemia,Hepatitis C,Systemic vasculitis,

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