Title

Hepatitis C Virus-Associated Aortitis Caused by Type I Cryoglobulins.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2017

Publication Title

ACG Case Rep J

Abstract

Chronic hepatitis C virus infection (HCV) can present with cryoglobulinemic vasculitis, which is primarily associated with type II/III cryoglobulins. Type I cryoglobulins are usually seen in lymphoproliferative disease, and large vessel involvement with this type of vasculitis is rare. A 70-year-old man with chronic HCV presented with abdominal pain, leukocytosis, and rash. Computed tomography angiography showed thickening of the abdominal aorta consistent with large-vessel vasculitis. He was found to have type I cryoglobulinemia and was treated with corticosteroids and ledipasvir/sofosbuvir with rapid resolution of his aortitis. This case emphasizes the need to recognize HCV as a potential etiology of large-vessel vasculitis.

PubMed ID

29090238

Volume

4

First Page

114

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