Rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis associated with hepatitis C virus infection

Clin Nephrol. 1998 Feb;49(2):129-31.


Glomerular disease often accompanies a wide variety of liver diseases, including acute or chronic hepatitis. A striking association between hepatitis B virus and glomerulonephritis particularly membranous glomerulonephritis has been reported by various authors. It is not surprising, therefore, that hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection has been recently associated with the development of various types of glomerulonephritis. The principal type of glomerulonephritis associated with HCV infection is either cryoglobulinemic or non-cryoglobulinemic membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis. However, other types of glomerular lesions were seen in the clinical course of HCV infection. We report a rare case of a 20-year-old woman who developed rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis (RPGN) during the course of the active HCV infection. Whether this case represents a true association or a coincidental association is not known.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Glomerulonephritis / complications*
  • Glomerulonephritis / diagnosis
  • Glomerulonephritis / therapy
  • Hepatitis C / complications*
  • Humans