Henoch-Schönlein purpura history and symptoms

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The signs and symptoms of Henoch-Schönlein purpura (HSP) are skin lesions such as palpable purpura, abdominal pain, melena, bloody diarrhea, hematemesis, duodenal ulcers, arthralgia.


Obtaining history gives important information in making a diagnosis of HSP. It provides an insight into the cause, precipitating factors, and associated comorbid conditions. A complete history will help determine the correct therapy and helps in determining the prognosis. The areas of focus should be on onset, duration, and progression of symptoms such as

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Clinical features of HSP:[1][2][3][4][5]


  1. Louie CY, Gomez AJ, Sibley RK, Bass D, Longacre TA (April 2018). "Histologic Features of Gastrointestinal Tract Biopsies in IgA Vasculitis (Henoch-Schönlein Purpura)". Am. J. Surg. Pathol. 42 (4): 529–533. doi:10.1097/PAS.0000000000001036. PMID 29438165.
  2. Ebert EC (August 2008). "Gastrointestinal manifestations of Henoch-Schonlein Purpura". Dig. Dis. Sci. 53 (8): 2011–9. doi:10.1007/s10620-007-0147-0. PMID 18351468.
  3. Kim KY (June 2017). "[Henoch-Schönlein Purpura Presenting as Intussusception]". Korean J Gastroenterol (in Korean). 69 (6): 372–376. doi:10.4166/kjg.2017.69.6.372. PMID 28637108.
  4. Mannenbach MS, Reed AM, Moir C (August 2009). "Atypical presentation of Henoch-Schönlein purpura". Pediatr Emerg Care. 25 (8): 513–5. doi:10.1097/PEC.0b013e3181b0a46f. PMID 19687709.
  5. Choong CK, Beasley SW (October 1998). "Intra-abdominal manifestations of Henoch-Schönlein purpura". J Paediatr Child Health. 34 (5): 405–9. PMID 9767498.

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