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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?
The person affected by Polyarteritis Nodosa may approach a General Physician or a Cardiologist. The doctor would normally take into consideration, the reports from a few diagnostic tests. These include CBC, ESR and tissue biopsy and so on. Some of the symptoms as narrated by the patient will also be used for the diagnosis.
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?
That people above 40, mainly male, are considered more at risk of contracting Polyarteritis Nodosa, than other groups.