Hepatitis B virus (HBv) is a hepatotropic virus that causes hepatitis, cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. Twenty percent of HBv patients may develop extra-hepatic manifestations, such as polyarthritis nodosa, glomerulonephritis, dermatitis, poly-arthralgia and arthritis, and aplastic anemia. The association of HBv and cryoglobulinemic vasculitis (cv) has been highlighted by several epidemiological investigations. cv can develop in 0.5-4% of HBv infected patients. it has been demonstrated that suppression of HBv replication by nucleot(s)ide analogues (nas) effectively induces clinical response in most patients with mild to moderate cv, but low responses are seen in severe cv. Based on this evidence, NAs therapy represents the first line therapeutic option in subjects with mild or moderate HBV related CV. Peg-interferon-alfa can be an alternative treatment for HBv related cv, but the few studies published so far have shown no encouraging results. in patients with severe vasculitis and/or skin ulcers, peripheral neuropathy and glomerulonephritis treatment with rituximab (RTX) and NAs should be considered as a first line treatment. The long-term administration of low-medium glucocorticoid doses has been widely used in few studies to control clinical symptoms, but it should be used as a second option, when rTX is ineffective or not tolerated and in association with nas. This review focuses on novel treatments for HBv related cv.
- Hepatitis B virus
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