HS purpura (1638)

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(HSP or HS Purpura)

What is Henoch-Schonlein Purpura?

What causes it?

The cause of HSP is not known.  It sometimes occurs after an upper respiratory infection or after taking some types of medicines.

What are the signs of HSP?

How is it diagnosed?

The diagnosis of HSP is made by looking at the signs and symptoms.  There are no special tests for HSP.  Blood and urine tests are done to see how the kidneys are working.

How long does it last?

HSP may last about 4 to 6 weeks.  The skin rash, stomach pain and high blood pressure may last for several months.  The rash may fade and reappear over this course of time. 

How is it treated?

What are the complications of HSP?

Sometimes kidney problems may become chronic.  Chronic kidney problems need to be followed by your health care provider.

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Call your child’s doctor, nurse, or clinic if you have any questions or concerns or if your child:

  • Eats or drinks less than normal.
  • Does not pass urine (pee) at least every 8 hours.
  • Passes only a small amount of urine (pee).
  • Has stomach pain, joint pain or a headache does not get better with pain medicine.
  • Has twitching movements in the arms, legs or face.
  • Has blood in the urine or stool (poop).
  • Has special health care needs that were not covered by this information.