Table 2 HCV neuropathy: comparison between DPN and MM patients

CharacteristicsDPN, n = 24MM, n = 3Significance
HCV = hepatitis C virus; DPN = distal polyneuropathy; MM = mononeuropathy multiplex.
Clinical features
    Age, y68 ± 1244 ± 5p < 0.02
    Pain, no. (%)16/24 (67)2/3 (67)NS
    Purpura, no. (%)8/24 (33)0/3 (0)NS
Mixed cryoglobulinemia, no. (%)15/24 (62)3/3 (100)NS
Inflammatory vascular lesions, no. (%)20/24 (83)3/3 (100)NS
    Perivascular infiltrates, no. (%)6/24 (25)0/3 (0)NS
    Lymphocytic vasculitis, no. (%)6/24 (25)2/3 (67)NS
    Leukocytoclastic angiitis, no. (%)2/24 (8)1/3 (33)NS
    Necrotizing arteritis, no. (%)6/24 (25)0/3 (0)NS
Genomic HCV RNA, no. (%)10/24 (42)0/3 (0)NS
    Muscle, no. (%)9/24 (37)
    Nerve, no. (%)3/24 (13)