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Pediatric Henoch-Schonlein Purpura

Key points about Henoch-Schönlein purpura (HSP)

  • Henoch-Schönlein purpura (HSP) is a condition that involves swelling (inflammation) of small blood vessels.
  • The swollen blood vessels leak into the skin, joints, intestines and kidneys.
  • It is seen most often in children between the ages of two and six. It occurs more often in boys.
  • HSP is an autoimmune disease that is often triggered by an upper respiratory infection.
  • Symptoms include a rash caused by bleeding under the skin, arthritis, belly pain and kidney disease.
  • Most children recover fully. But some children may have kidney problems.
  • What is Henoch-Schönlein purpura?
  • What causes Henoch-Schönlein purpura in children?
  • What are the symptoms of Henoch-Schönlein purpura in children?
  • How is Henoch-Schönlein purpura diagnosed in children?
  • How is Henoch-Schönlein purpura treated in children?
  • What are the complications of Henoch-Schönlein purpura in children?
  • When should I call my child’s health care provider?
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Matthew Oetgen

Matthew Oetgen

Division Chief, Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine
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Rheumatology

The Division of Rheumatology aims to improve the health and quality of life for children with rheumatic diseases and musculoskeletal disorders through comprehensive, patient-focused care, including testing, treatment, and patient and family education programs.

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