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What Is Cryoglobulinemia?

Last updated: November 2022

Hepatitis C is the leading cause of cryoglobulinemia, a blood disorder that can cause muscle and joint pain, as well as purple spots on the skin. Without treatment, cryoglobulinemia can damage the skin, joints, nerves, and organs — especially the kidneys and liver. In this short video, we explain cryoglobulinemia, from symptoms to treatment options, and what people with hepatitis C should know.

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