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HSP is a vasculitis a condition where small blood vessels (capillaries) in the skin, bowels, joints and kidneys become inflamed.
HSP is the most common blood vessel inflammation in children aged between 5 and 15. It is 2 times more common in boys than in girls and affects approximately 20/100,000 children per year.
The exact cause of HSP is unknown. Infectious agents (such as viruses and bacteria) are thought to be a potential trigger for the disease because:
The doctor will examine your child and make a diagnosis based on your child’s signs and symptoms.
What laboratory and other tests are useful?
Most HSP patients do not require any specific treatment.
How long will the disease last?The entire course of the disease is about 4 to 6 weeks. Half of the children with HSP have at least one recurrence within a 6-week period. Most patients recover completely. New infections may trigger a recurrence of the HSP.
What kinds of periodic check-ups are necessary?Your doctors may ask for repeat urine tests and blood pressure measurement, and will advise on the frequency of check-ups and urine test.
How to collect the clean midstream urine sample?