Polyarteritis Nodosa (PN), also known as Kussmaul Disease, is an inflammation of the medium and small arteries that carry blood from the heart to the organs and tissues. Some of the common symptoms of Polyarteritis Nodosa include fever, high blood pressure, headache, and weakness, loss of appetite, joint aches, and muscle aches, among others.
HOW IS POLYARTERITIS NODOSA DIAGNOSED?
A Cardiologist/General Physician diagnoses Polyarteritis Nodosa by conducting a physical examination, imaging tests and performing biopsy of the affected blood vessels. Also, the doctor will examine the detailed medical history of the patient to determine the cause of Polyarteritis Nodosa.
HOW IS POLYARTERITIS NODOSA TREATED?
The treatment for Polyarteritis Nodosa involves internal medicines in the form of immunosuppressants and some antiviral medications. In some cases, corticosteroids may also be advised based on the diagnosis and reports. These medications are to be administered in a controlled manner.
DID YOU KNOW?
If not treated on time, Polyarteritis nodosa may turn out to be fatal and leads to kidney failure and other organ damage to. There is also a high relapse risk here of almost 60%.