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A Case of Hepatitis C Virus Related Cryoglobulinemic Vasculitis

Author(s): Ömer KARATAŞ | Demirhan DIRAÇOĞLU | Ahmet EKMEKÇİ | Özgür METE | Cihan AKSOY

Journal: Türkiye Fiziksel Tıp ve Rehabilitasyon Dergisi
ISSN 1302-0234

Volume: 54;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 177;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: HCV | cryoglobulinemia | vasculitis

HCV is a universally common and serious health problem. Vasculitis is a group of illnesses characterized by inflammatory alteration of the blood vessel wall and development of necrosis and granuloma in some circumstances. In this article, vasculitis of cryoglobulinemia which appeared in a patient with chronic HCV, followed by degenerative joint disorder, was discussed. Patients with HCV vasculitis of cryoglobulinemia may present at a physical medicine and rehabilitation outpatient clinic with joint complaints only. Joint-pain patients with ulcerating skin lesions should be questioned and monitored regarding HCV. In the presence of skin ulcers, physical therapy must be carried out carefully, and treatments must be planned for vasculitis. Turk J Phys Med Rehab 2008;54:177-80.
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