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We present a rare case of a 23--year--old male incidentally detected with hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection presenting with features suggestive of HBV--associated nephropathy. A renal biopsy specimen suggested a mesangioproliferative glomerulonephritis with a full--house pattern on immunoflourescence consistent with a diagnosis of diffuse lupus nephritis. Glomerular HbeAg and HbsAg antigens were not detectable by immunofluorescence. Antiviral therapy was instituted to suppress viraldoi:10.12890/2014_000040 fatcat:ybq7yexefjgcjdb6bl67mb2cdu