What causes mucosa-associated lymphoma tumors (MALT) syndrome in chronic hepatitis C (CHC)?

Updated: Mar 26, 2021
  • Author: Robert A Schwartz, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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A study concerning the association of HCV and NHLB showed a prevalence of HCV of 37%. [27] Patients were older, and more patients were female than male. A closer association to immunocytoma was found than to MALT syndrome. Thirteen of 20 cases of immunocytoma had HCV infection, and localization to the orbit and mucosal surfaces was more common. HCV localized to a parotid lymphoma associated with a mixed cryoglobulinemia showed viral proliferation in parotid epithelial cells and not in NHLB cells. [28] Epstein-Barr virus and herpesvirus type 5 are the other sialotropic viruses not present in the reported cases. Local carcinogenic functions of HCV, effect on the p53 system, immunoregulation, perturbations, and malignant transformation were considered in the etiology of the conditions.

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