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Mixed cryoglobulinemia and hepatitis C virus association: ten years later.

Mixed cryoglobulinemia is a systemic vasculitis described as a triad characterized by purpura, weakness and arthralgias. Since the first description of the disease in 1964 by Meltzer and Franklin our understanding of its pathogenesis has increased considerably. The striking association of the disease with hepatitis C virus infection was initially noted in 1990. Since then, the disease has gained growing attention among investigators involved in the study of autoimmune systemic disorders because it represents one of the most intriguing models of autoimmunity triggered by a virus. Nonetheless, a number of answered questions still remain to be resolved and are reviewed in this article.

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