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 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.