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Cardiac involvement in Henoch-Schönlein purpura

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Abstract

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

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Medicine, St Vincent’s Hospital

Publication date: 2006-05-01

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