Dr. William Heberden, a London physician, described the first cases of Henoch- Schönlein purpura (HSP) in In describing HSP, Heberden wrote of a. Henoch-Schönlein purpura (HSP) affects the blood vessels and causes a spotty rash. It’s not usually serious, but can sometimes lead to kidney problems. Henoch–Schönlein purpura (HSP) is a disease of the skin, mucous membranes, and sometimes other organs that most commonly affects children. In the skin.

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If the skin, bowel or kidneys are affected then a biopsy may show immunoglobulin A IgA antibodies present in the tissue; this is a definitive test and a positive biopsy helps confirm the diagnosis; however, a negative biopsy does not rule out the diagnosis. People with kidney involvement may receive treatment aimed at preventing long-term kidney disease. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 8: This process is thought to stabilise the IgA molecule and make it less prone to proteolysis.

As with all forms of inflammation, there may be complete resolution or there may be scars that form — on the skin or in the kidney. Foreign Hemolytic disease of the newborn. Granulomatosis with polyangiitis and microscopic polyangiitis can also present with purpura, arthritis, and renal inflammation.

Your doctor may recommend a drug called prednisolone. Chest, lungs and breathing. We will respond to all feedback. Pirpura Osler was the first to recognise the underlying allergic mechanism of HSP. Content endorsed by Paediatric Society of NZ. Skin disease may also be treated with drugs such as dapsone. Proteinuria, hypertension at xchonlein, and pathology features crescentic changes, interstitial fibrosis and tubular atrophy predicted progression.


Content is regularly updated so please refer to www. Henoch-Schonlein purpura can affect anyone. Adults with severe, acute kidney failure are treated with high-dose corticosteroids and the immunosuppressive cyclophosphamide Cytoxan.

Sufficient pressure, such as this, causes the rupture of inflamed blood vessels.

Joint pain is often treated with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, such as aspirin or ibuprofen. The rash may first look like hives and then change to look like bruises, and it may spread to the chest, back, and face. This content does not have an Arabic version. Wound care is warranted if the skin death and ulcerations occur. If HSP is suspected, your child will have urine tests to look for possible kidney involvement. Atenolol for high blood pressure.

Back to Health A-Z. HSP often affects children, but can affect adult of all ages. The vasculitis affects the small blood vessels in the skin, causing a rash red or purple spots called purpura. Although arthralgias hnoch more common in HSP, arthritis can occur as well as periarticular swelling, such as the tenosynovitis shown here.

Purpura not due to a low platelet count, caused by inflammation in blood vessels of the skin, is the hallmark of HSP.

Henoch Schonlein Purpura (HSP) – Vasculitis UK

Skin biopsies will frequently show a leucocytoclastic vasculitis meaning lots of white blood cells in the skin around small blood vessels and the biopsy needs to be sent off to have a special test to find the IgA antibodies in the skin. Although relapses are quite common they are mostly mild and self-limiting. If there is doubt about the cause of the skin lesions, a biopsy of the skin may schnolein performed to distinguish cshonlein purpura from other diseases that cause it, such as vasculitis due to cryoglobulinemia ; on microscopy the appearances are of a hypersensitivity vasculitisand immunofluorescence demonstrates IgA and C3 a protein of the complement system in the blood vessel wall.


Nearly half the people who have Henoch-Schonlein purpura developed purpufa disease after an upper respiratory infection, such as a cold. Proposal of an international consensus conference”.

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Typical purpura on lower legs and buttocks. In older patients kidney function may have been severely damaged and dialysis may be occasionally need to be initiated. With this condition, a section of the bowel folds into itself like a telescope, causing the bowel to become blocked. This is caused henpch the blood schonlin in the bowel becoming inflamed and can indicate more serious problems such as an abnormal folding of the bowel called intussusception.

More than half also have proteinuria protein in the urinehenodh in one eighth is severe enough to cause nephrotic syndrome generalised swelling due to low protein content of the blood. For most people, symptoms improve within a month, leaving no lasting problems.

Henoch-Schönlein Purpura

In a small minority of cases, HSP can cause severe kidney or bowel disease. Several diseases have been reported to be associated with HSP, often without a causative link. Supported by Ministry of Health NZ.