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How are skin and arthritis conditions associated with hepatitis C?

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Two skin conditions, lichen planus and porphyria cutanea tarda, have been associated with chronic hepatitis C virus. Porphyria cutanea tarda may resolve with successful interferon therapy for the hepatitis C virus. There have been cases, however, where lichen planus actually worsened during interferon treatment. In addition, many hepatitis C virus patients have autoimmune antibodies, such as anti-nuclear antibody, anti-smooth muscle antibodies, and rheumatoid factor. But true rheumatoid arthritis is uncommon in people with hepatitis C virus.

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Zignego A. , Aug. 1, 2008. Clinics in Liver Disease

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on July 22, 2018

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Zignego A. , Aug. 1, 2008. Clinics in Liver Disease

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on July 22, 2018

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