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Polyarteritis Nodosa In Children
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
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
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
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
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
If my younger sister has polyarteritis nodosa, what is likelihood that her older brother myself, will have it too, I have no symptoms at the moment?
Unlikely: This is a very rare disease to have. It most commonly is associated with untreated hepatitis B virus. It can also be idiopathic, meaning, no associated cause is found. With autoimmune diseases in general, there is some inherited component typically, but it does not mean that exact disease will be inherited by another family member or that a family will even develop an autoimmune disease. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
No: Sorry, there is no cure but there are effective therapies. ...Read more
Diagnosed with polyarteritis and I'm unable to work and I'm walking with a stick. Will I have this for life?
Polyarteritis Nodosa: "pan" is a type of vasculitis that causes inflammation of the blood vessels all over the body, affecting just about every organ imaginable. The inflammation can cause blockages of the arteries which leads to an interruption of blood flow and a variety of other issues depending on the organ affected. It is a chronic issue that is life-long, but it can be controlled with medication. Consult an md. ...Read more
No good answer: The is no good answer. Just realize that there may be times that disease activity may necessitate you resting and adjusting your work schedule so you do not become exhausted. The better the disease is controlled, the less it will affect your life. ...Read more
Polyarteritis nodosa: In pan damage is due to impaired blood supply to vital tissues as a result of inflammation of medium to small arteries. Goal of treatment is to reduce inflammation with Prednisone, and Cytoxan as main drugs. Other medications include methotrexate, Leflunomide and Rituxan (rituximab). Problems due to pan need to be treated such as HTN, renal failure, seizures, stroke, bowel perforation, neuropathy etc. ...Read more
I have been diagnosed with poliyarteritis nodosa and am currently taking 32mg of steroids and 125mg of cyclophosphomide. Is this the correct medicine?
I am married in 1 year no children en problem in my health would you eat that type of food can be eat him in my husband and me?
Chocolate: This is not scientific but neither is having babies! Try anything chocolate. Eat romantic foods. Avoid alcohol and stimulants. Relax. Enjoy being married without children. The more you relax and enjoy your spouse the better your marriage will be and the more prepared you we be to be a parent. You are learning patience and you will need it! OB doctors have solutions for you when wanted ...Read more
Clobex/children: It is safe to use in kids 12 and older. Under age 12, it is a pretty hefty steroid to use for a kid. It is a steroid, and a fairly potent one at that. Kids can absorb it through their skin and it can then affect them as if they ingested it. I would use a lower potency steroid on a kid under 12, although there are occasions when a stronger one is needed - close monitoring is then needed as well ...Read more
Phoslyra is used to help reduce phosphate levels in end stage renal disease. If your child has renal disease and is working with a specialist this may be considered in the treatment plan. I would review your concerns with the MD who recommended the medication.
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Not Recommended: Greetings. I would not recommend the use of Halonate on a child if it was not prescribed by a Dermatologist. Because it is categorized as a "super high potency" topical steriod, it can have serious side effects when used incorrectly. High potency creams and ointments can be asorbed easily through the skin and cause malfunction to certain organs. Best regards. ...Read more