Current Hepatitis Reports

, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp 116-124

First online:

Hepatitis C virus outside the liver

  • Rena K. FoxAffiliated withDivision of General Internal Medicine, University of California

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Observational and some experimental data suggest that hepatitis C virus can manifest in a variety of disease processes outside the liver. The links between hepatitis C virus and membranoproliferative glomerulonephropathy, porphyria cutanea tarda, lichen planus, cryoglobulinemia, diabetes mellitus, B-cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and thyroiditis are critically reviewed. Based on the available evidence, recommendations for the clinical approach to patients with extrahepatic diseases are discussed.