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Henoch-Schonlein purpura

Other Names for this Disease
  • Anaphylactoid purpura
  • Henoch Schonlein purpura
  • Purpura, Schonlein-Henoch
  • Vascular purpura
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Henoch-Schonlein purpura (HSP) is a disease that involves purple spots on the skin (purpura), joint pain, digestive problems, and glomerulonephritis (a type of kidney disorder).[1] While the cause of this condition is not fully understood, it may develop as an immune response to an infection.[1][2] HSP is usually seen in children, but it may affect people of any age.[2] Most cases go away on their own without treatment.[1] For those cases which require treatment, the main goal is to relieve symptoms such as joint pain, abdominal pain, or swelling. In many cases, over-the-counter medicines can be used. In some patients with severe arthritis, prednisone, a steroid medicine, may be prescribed.[1][2]
Last updated: 4/14/2013


  1. Borigini MJ. Henoch-Schonlein purpura. MedlinePlus. 2011; Accessed 4/12/2013.
  2. Henoch-Schonlein Purpura. The National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC). September 2012; Accessed 4/12/2013.
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  • The American Academy of Family Physicians provides information about Henoch-Schonlein purpura. Click on the link to view this information. 
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