What is the pathogenesis of polyarteritis nodosa (PAN) in patients with hepatitis B (HBV) (Hep B)?

Updated: Jun 08, 2021
  • Author: Nikolaos T Pyrsopoulos, MD, PhD, MBA, FACP, AGAF; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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The pathogenesis of PAN is not clear. Circulating immune complexes containing HBsAg, immunoglobulins (IgG and IgM), and complement have been demonstrated by immunofluorescence in the walls of the affected vessels and may trigger the onset of PAN. However, whether these represent the primary etiology of the disease remains unclear.

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