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Dr. Charles Lombard
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Polyarteritis Nodosa (Overview)

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 vessels are often damaged.


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What causes polyarteritis nodosa?

What causes  polyarteritis nodosa?

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 can affect infants. Dilated arteries and strictures resemble rosary beads. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Lombard
158 doctors shared insights

Polyarteritis Nodosa (Overview)

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 vessels are often damaged.


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What are the symptoms of polyarteritis nodosa?

What are the symptoms of polyarteritis nodosa?

Ployarteritis nodosa: Symptoms depends on organ or system affected. Symptoms are fatigue , fever, muscle , joint pains, unexplained weight loss, anorexia . Based on organ involved kidney failure, hypertension due to kidney involvement, stroke , seizures due to brain involvement, abdominal pain due to bowel perforation , chest pain , heart attack due to heart involvement wrist drop, foot drop due nerve involvement. ...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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What are the tests for polyarteritis nodosa?

Polyarteritis nodosa: Diagnosis made by clinical suspicion based on patient symptoms and findings .Lab findings may include elevated wbc, ESR , CRP and in some patients 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. ...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 causes polyarteritis nodosa?

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 can affect infants. Dilated arteries and strictures resemble rosary beads. ...Read more

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What are the tests for polyarteritis nodosa?

Polyarteritis nodosa: Diagnosis made by clinical suspicion based on patient symptoms and findings .Lab findings may include elevated wbc, ESR , CRP and in some patients 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. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of polyarteritis nodosa?

Ployarteritis nodosa: Symptoms depends on organ or system affected. Symptoms are fatigue , fever, muscle , joint pains, unexplained weight loss, anorexia . Based on organ involved kidney failure, hypertension due to kidney involvement, stroke , seizures due to brain involvement, abdominal pain due to bowel perforation , chest pain , heart attack due to heart involvement wrist drop, foot drop due nerve involvement. ...Read more

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