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How is cryoglobulinemia relative to hepatitis C diagnosed?

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The diagnosis of cryoglobulinemia is made by doing a special test in the laboratory to detect the cryoglobulins in the blood. In this test, the cryoglobulins are identified when the blood sample is exposed to the cold (cryo means cold). In addition, a finding of typical inflammation of small blood vessels in certain tissue biopsies (for example, the skin or kidney) supports the diagnosis of cryoglobulinemia. Symptoms of cryoglobulinemia often resolve with successful treatment of the hepatitis C virus infection.

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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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