Viral causes of arthritis

Rauli Franssila, Klaus Hedman

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Several viruses cause postinfectious arthritis. The disease is a typical manifestation of arthritogenic alphaviruses, rubella virus and human parvovirus B19. In addition, arthritis is not uncommon after infection by HIV, cytomegalovirus, hepatitis B virus, hepatitis C virus, or Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). Also prolonged arthritis may result from viral infections, particularly with alphaviruses and human parvovirus B19. Viruses such as EBV and B 19 may have significant roles in initiating chronic arthropathies, which in some cases may be indistinguishable from rheumatoid arthritis.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBest Practice & Research: Clinical Rheumatology
Issue number6
Pages (from-to)1139-1157
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - 2006
MoE publication typeA2 Review article in a scientific journal

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