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Henoch-Schonlein Purpura Underlying Cause

The cause of Henoch-Schonlein is unknown. Henoch-Schonlein is a rare illness that occurs most often in children, following an upper respiratory infection. For some reason, the immune system, which normally fights infection, mistakenly attacks the lining of the small blood vessels. This results in inflammation of the small blood vessels in the skin, intestine, and kidneys.

Last Updated: Nov 6, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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