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Polyarteritis Nodosa


Synonyms of Polyarteritis Nodosa
  • PAN
  • Periarteritis
  • Periarteritis nodosa
  • Polyarteritis
  • Polyarteritis nodosa

Disorder Subdivisions



    General Discussion
    Polyarteritis nodosa is a rare multi-system disorder characterized by widespread inflammation, weakening, and damage to small and medium-sized arteries. Blood vessels in any organ or organ system may be affected, including those supplying the kidneys, heart, intestine, nervous system, and/or skeletal muscles. Damage to affected arteries may result in abnormally increased blood pressure (hypertension), ballooning (aneurysm) of an arterial wall, the formation of blood clots (thrombosis), obstruction of blood supply to certain tissues, and/or tissue damage and loss (necrosis) in certain affected areas.

    The disorder is more common among men, and is more likely to present during early middle age, between 40 and 50 years.

    Although the exact cause of polyarteritis nodosa is not known, it is clear that an attack may be triggered by any of several drugs or vaccines or by a reaction to infections (either bacterial or viral) such as strep or staph infections or hepatitis B virus. Many researchers suspect that the disorder is due to disturbances of the body?s immune system. Confirming the diagnosis required either a biopsy showing small or medium sized arteries with alternating areas of stenosis (constriction or block) and dilation.

    Organizations related to Polyarteritis Nodosa
    • American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, Inc.
      22100 Gratiot Avenue
      Eastpointe MI 48021
      Phone #: 586-776-3900
      800 #: 800-598-4668
      e-mail: aarda@aarda.org
      Home page: http://www.aarda.org/
    • AutoImmunity Community
      None
      None None None
      Phone #: (91-9) -552-9057
      800 #: N/A
      e-mail: bandrews@autoimmunitycommunity.org
      Home page: http://autoimmunitycommunity.org
    • Autoimmune Information Network, Inc
      PO Box 4121
      Brick NJ 08723
      Phone #: 732-664-9259
      800 #: N/A
      e-mail: autoimmunehelp@aol.com
      Home page: http://www.aininc.org
    • CNS Vasculitis Foundation
      9930 Morningfield
      San Antonio TX 78250-3743
      Phone #: 210-523-8234
      800 #: N/A
      e-mail: pamela@cnsvf.org
      Home page: http://www.cnsvf.org
    • European Society for Immunodeficiencies (ESID)
      c/o Dr. Esther de Vries
      Hertogenbosch None 5200 ME's
      Phone #: +31- 73--6992965
      800 #: N/A
      e-mail: info@esid.org
      Home page: http://www.esid.org
    • Jack Miller Center for Peripheral Neuropathy
      University of Chicago
      Chicago IL 60637
      Phone #: 773-702-5800
      800 #: N/A
      e-mail: information-millercenter@neurology.bsd.uchicago.edu
      Home page: http://millercenter.uchicago.edu
    • MUMS (Mothers United for Moral Support, Inc) National Parent-to-Parent Network
      150 Custer Court
      Green Bay WI 54301-1243
      Phone #: 920-336-5333
      800 #: 877-336-5333
      e-mail: mums@netnet.net
      Home page: http://www.netnet.net/mums/
    • Madisons Foundation
      PO Box 241956
      Los Angeles CA 90024
      Phone #: 310-264-0826
      800 #: N/A
      e-mail: getinfo@madisonsfoundation.org
      Home page: http://www.madisonsfoundation.org
    • NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
      6610 Rockledge Drive
      Bethesda MD 20892-6612
      Phone #: 301-496-5717
      800 #: --
      e-mail: N/A
      Home page: http://www.niaid.nih.gov/
    • Vasculitis Foundation
      P.O. Box 28660
      Kansas City MO 64188
      Phone #: 816-436-8211
      800 #: 800-277-9474
      e-mail: vf@vasculitisfoundation.org
      Home page: http://www.vasculitisfoundation.org



    For a Complete Report

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