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can a hepatitis b infection lead to an autoimmune disease?

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Dr. Lance Stein
Specializes in Hepatology
No: Hepatitis b can be associated with a vasculitis (inflammatory disorder of the blood vessels) called polyarteritis nodosa (pan). It is a secondary event that is related circulating antigen-antibody complexes may be deposited in the blood vessels rather than a true autoimmune disorder.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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Dr. Andrew Carroll
25 years experience Family Medicine
No: However, like other infectious diseases, there are certain antibody complex diseases which can result from a hepatitis b infection.
Answered on Nov 20, 2013
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