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Purpura Henoch-Schonlein Overview

Another name for Purpura Henoch-Schonlein is Henoch-Schonlein Purpura.

What is Henoch-Schonlein purpura?
A person with Henoch-Schonlein purpura has 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. The most common symptom is red or purple spots on the buttocks, lower legs, and elbows.

What are the symptoms of Henoch-Schonlein purpura?
Common symptoms of Henoch-Schonlein purpura include red or purple spots on the buttocks, lower legs, and elbows. Additional symptoms of Henoch-Schonlein purpura include joint pains, knee pain, ankle pain, abdominal pain, nausea, and fever.

How does the doctor treat Henoch-Schonlein purpura?
Most cases of Henoch-Schonlein purpura last for one week, and then resolve without treatment. For those with recurrences, treatment for Henoch-Schonlein purpura may include medications that suppress the immune system and corticosteroids.

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Last Updated: Aug 27, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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