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West J Med. 1979 Jan;130(1):12-7.

Arthritis and hepatitis.


The evidence relating four clinically distinct rheumatologic syndromes to infection by the hepatitis B virus is reviewed. Acute hepatitis B is not infrequently heralded by a prodromal rash and rheumatoidlike polyarthritis. Chronic active hepatitis B more rarely is associated with transient arthritis or arthralgias. Polyarteritis nodosa may be a manifestation of hepatitis B infection in as many as 40 percent of cases, and recently the syndrome of "essential" mixed cryoglobulinemia has also been linked to infection with this virus. The finding of immune complexes of varying composition, sometimes with the viral antigen or its antibody (or both) contained in both the serum and synovial fluid suggests that these four syndromes are clinical manifestations of immune complex disease resulting from hepatitis B infection.

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