Prevalence of Hepatitis C among Lichen Planus Patients

Authors

  • Rabindra Sharma Civil Services Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Sushil Paudel Civil Service Hospital, Kathmandu

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/njdvl.v18i1.30351

Keywords:

Hepatitis C, Lichen Planus, Nepal

Abstract

Introduction: The association between hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and lichen planus (LP) has been studied widely. Extrahepatic manifestations including lichen planus are common among patients infected with HCV. The prevalence of HCV among lichen planus (LP) seems to vary geographically.

Objective: This study was carried out to determine whether an association exists between LP and HCV infection.

Materials and Methods: A total of 68 lichen planus (LP) patients identified clinically and histopathologically were screened for anti-HCV from blood samples.

Results: Among the 68 patients of LP only 2 (2.94%) female patients had HCV infection.

Conclusion: This study reveals very few patients of lichen planus being infected with HCV which is in line with a similar study done earlier in Kathmandu. Thus due to limited evidence to support an association between HCV and LP routine HCV screening is not recommended at this geographic location.

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Author Biographies

Rabindra Sharma, Civil Services Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal

Registrar

Department of Dermatology and Venereology

 

 

Sushil Paudel, Civil Service Hospital, Kathmandu

Cosultant Dermatologist,

Department of Dermatology

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Published

2020-10-08

How to Cite

Sharma, R., & Paudel, S. (2020). Prevalence of Hepatitis C among Lichen Planus Patients. Nepal Journal of Dermatology, Venereology &Amp; Leprology, 18(1), 15–17. https://doi.org/10.3126/njdvl.v18i1.30351

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