What are the symptoms of vasculitis?
The symptoms of vasculitis vary greatly from person to person, and depend upon the organs affected and the severity.
- Generally vasculitis causes fatigue and malaise.
- Sometime vasculitis can lead to weakness and weight loss.
- Vasculitis affecting the skin can cause rashes, skin discoloration, and ulcers.
- Vasculitis affecting the muscles can cause muscle pain.
- Vasculitis affecting the lungs can cause shortness of breath and cough.
- Vasculitis affecting the heart can cause congestive heart failure.
- Vasculitis affecting the brain can cause headaches, confusion, seizures, stroke, paralysis, numbness, and lightheadedness.
- Vasculitis affecting the kidneys can cause kidney failure.
- Henoch-Schonlein purpura is a particular form of blood vessel inflammation called vasculitis.
- Henoch-Schonlein purpura frequently follows an infection of the throat or breathing passages, but
it can be induced by certain medications.
- Henoch-Schonlein purpura causes skin rash,
pain in the abdomen, and joint inflammation (arthritis).
- The treatment of Henoch-Schonlein purpura is directed toward the most significant area of involvement.
- The prognosis for patients with Henoch-Schonlein purpura is generally excellent.
What is Henoch-Schonlein purpura (HSP)?
Henoch-Schonlein purpura (HSP)
is a form of blood vessel inflammation or vasculitis. There are many different conditions that feature vasculitis. Each of the forms of vasculitis tends to involve certain characteristic blood vessels. HSP affects the small vessels called capillaries
in the skin and frequently the kidneys. HSP results in a purplish skin rash
(most prominent over the buttocks and behind the lower extremities)
associated with joint inflammation (arthritis) and sometimes cramping pain
in the abdomen. Henoch-Schonlein purpura is also referred to as anaphylactoid purpura.
What causes HSP?
HSP occurs most often in the spring season and frequently
follows an infection of the throat or breathing passages. HSP
seems to represent an unusual reaction of the body's immune system
that is in response to this infection (either bacteria or virus). Aside from infection, drugs can also trigger the condition.
HSP occurs most commonly in children, but people of all age groups
can be affected, including adults.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/7/2016