Also referred to as polyarteritis nodosa, periarteritis nodosa, Kussmaul disease, Kussmaul-Maier disease, Polyarteritis nodosa or PAN is the systemic vasculitis of arteries. It affects your kidneys, heart and even lungs along with nervous system. Muscle and joint pain, high fever, ulcers in the mouth, swelling and formation of lumps and other similar symptoms occur.
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 most common treatment for PAN is a combination of prescription drugs, including:
• antiviral medications
DID YOU KNOW?
Polyarteritis Nodosa occurs mostly in men between the ages of 30 and 49. It also occurs in people with chronic hepatitis B.