Chronic HCV infection with Cryoglobulinemia, associated with Cutaneous Subacute Lupus

Entela Shkodrani, Silvan Frangaj, Amarda Cenko, Alert Xhaja
2018 Annals of Advance Medical Sciecnes  
Chronic infection with Hepatitis C Virus (HCV): leading cause of chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis, liver cancer, primary indication for liver transplantation. HCV can give extrahepatic clinical manifestations and simulate autoimmune, rheumatologic and dermatologic diseases. Case Report: Female patient, 34 y.o, lingering cutaneous eruption with itching and burning. Malar facial rash and papulo-squamous lesions on the back, chest and upper limbs. Conclusion: Chronic HCV infection may be associated
more » ... h clinical extrahepatic manifestations which can be interpreted incorrectly. This case reflects the ability of HCV to imitate a Cutaneous and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus that easily could have been wrongly diagnosed and mismanaged. Close cooperation between the relevant specialists in such case is essential. HCV infection can be added in the list of possible differential diagnoses of an Acute/Subacute Cutaneous Lupus Erythematous.
doi:10.21276/aams.1948 fatcat:oidfvbepgjbkth47ivlsiw47ei