The prevalence of hepatitis C virus infection in patients with lichen planus in Gaziantep region of Turkey
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- Kirtak, N., İnalöz, H., Özgöztaşi, O. et al. Eur J Epidemiol (2000) 16: 1159. doi:10.1023/A:1010968309956
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The purpose of this case–control study was to investigate the association between lichen planus (LP) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in Gaziantep region of Turkey. Seventy-three patients with LP and a control group of patients (n: 73) with a dermatological disorder other than LP were detected for HCV infection using a third generation enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). A serological positivity for HCV was found in five of LP patients (6.84%), whereas it was positive for only one patient of the control group (1.36%). A statistically significant difference was found between LP and control groups (p < 0.05). We conclude that the coexistence of the two diseases is probably more than coincidental.