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Doctor insights on: Is Polyarteritis Nodosa A Type Of Autoimmune Disease

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Dr. Tracy Lovell
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Autoimmune Disease (Definition)

In auto immune disease the enemy is from with in . As name implies "auto" is self and "immune " is immune system . One 's own immune system for unknown reason turns against self and destroys or damages tissues or cells . List of auto immune disease are many and growing . End result is destruction of of tissues such as thyroid , pancreas or cells such as white ...Read more


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Is polyarteritis nodosa an autoimmune disease?

Is polyarteritis nodosa an autoimmune disease?

Polyarteritis causes: The answer to your question is "it may be" an auto-immune disorder. Polyarthritis is most often caused by an auto-immune disorder such as rheumatoid arthritis, amyloidosis, psoriatic arthritis, and lupus erythematosus. In addition, it may also be caused by infection with an alphavirus such as chikungunya virus and ross river virus. Ask your physician for more information in your instance. ...Read more

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Is polyarteritis nodosa always an autoimmune disease?

Is polyarteritis nodosa always an autoimmune disease?

Polyarteritis nodosa: Pan ( poly arteritis nodosa) is a disease of unknown cause.It affects small to medium sized arteries reducing or cutting off blood supply to organs . Men are affected more than women between ages of 30 to 50 . In 25% of patients hepatitis b or c infection is seen. Small and medium arteries are attacked by immune cells . It is immune mediated and exact cause is not known. ...Read more

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Can polyarteritis nodosa lead to vasculitic neuropathy?

Can polyarteritis nodosa lead to vasculitic neuropathy?

Yes but . . . .: Since pan is a vasculitis, it like the other rheumatological illnesses of this type can cause an associated neuropathy. It would be important to rule out other potential causes like medications, vitamin deficiencies, alcohol, infections, hereditary, diabetes, neurological conditions or vascular compromise. Others too. The onset, time course, distribution, and anatomy can help define it. Emg done? ...Read more

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What new research is there regarding vasculitis and polyarteritis nodosa?

What new research is there regarding vasculitis and polyarteritis nodosa?

Treatment.: Polaryarteritis & temporal arteritis, are found to be quite treatable without high dose Prednisone and all it's side effects. The new drugs are tnf-a inhibitors and new research shows quick remission in most cases. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with polyarteritis nodosa although both biopsy and blood test have come back negative. Is this diagnosis likely to be correct?

I have been diagnosed with polyarteritis nodosa although both biopsy and blood test have come back negative. Is this diagnosis likely to be correct?

Polyarteritis nodosa: Diagnosis made by symptoms and findings which may include elevated wbc, ESR , CRP and in some positive p-anca when pan involves small vessels , positive hep b or c ag or a/b in some patients . Angiogram shows typical beaded medium or small arteries with aneurysms. Biopsy of affected tissues shows arteritis. Sural nerve is commonly biopsied . At times biopsy is targeted for affected tissues. ...Read more

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I want to know my options for treating polyarteritis nodosa?

I want to know my options for treating polyarteritis nodosa?

Limited: Despite many trials, corticosteroids are still the cornerstone of treatment. Cyclophosphamide may be added in more severe cases or in resistant cases of polyarteritis that are not hepatitis b related. Newer agents to treat this condition exist and treatment should only be attempted by a physician intimately familiar with the condition. ...Read more

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What is inflammatory polyarteritis nodosa? How is it treated?

Inflammation - vesse: It is inflammation of blood vessels, Depending on which blood vessel are involved is where the symptoms and signs are. as the muscle is inflammed, the vessel narrows interferring with the blood flow. This is how polyarteritis causes its problems. The physician will evaluate the patient, get labs and perform imaging to help evaluate for therapy. ...Read more

Autoimmune (Definition)

The immune system developed to tell our own, normal cells (self) from foreign and abnormal cells (non-self). This lets the immune system eliminate viruses, bacteria, fungi and cancer cells from our body without harming normal cells. Sometimes the immune system fails to tell self from non-self and it attacks normal cells, for example in ...Read more


Dr. Charles Lombard
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Polyarteritis Nodosa (Definition)

Polyarteritis Nodosa is a condition in which blood vessels called arteries are swollen and damaged. This disease is more common in adults, and the tissues that are supplied by the blood ...Read more