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Cardiac involvement in Henoch-Schönlein purpura

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Cardiac involvement is not regarded as a feature of Henoch-Schönlein purpura (HSP). We report a patient with HSP who developed significant cardiac symptoms, which resolved with immunosuppression. We review previous cases of HSP with cardiac features, none of which showed a response to treatment, and discuss evidence that cardiac involvement is more common than recognized. The implications for investigation and treatment of this condition are discussed.

Keywords: Henoch-Schönlein purpura; cardiac arrhythmia; cardiac vasculitis; immunosuppression

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1445-5994.2006.01061.x

Affiliations: Department of Medicine, St Vincent’s Hospital

Publication date: May 1, 2006

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