Most common vasculitis of childhood.
Rash of palpable purpura is present in all cases.
Most cases resolve with symptomatic treatment.
Complications can occur, with renal failure being the most common cause of death.
Henoch-Schonlein purpura (HSP) is the most common vasculitis of childhood and affects the small vessels. HSP is characterised by the classic tetrad of rash, abdominal pain, arthritis/arthralgia, and glomerulonephritis.
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Glasgow Royal Infirmary
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EULAR/PRINTO/PRES criteria for Henoch-Schönlein purpura, childhood polyarteritis nodosa, childhood Wegener granulomatosis and childhood Takayasu arteritis: Ankara 2008. Part II: final classification criteria external link opens in a new windowMore guidelines
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