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?
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 of Polyarteritis Nodosa focuses on suppressing the immune system and for this, the doctor prescribes medication and in certain cases, the doctor may perform surgery.
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.