One Client’s Experience with Henoch-Schonlein Purpura
Henoch-Schonlein Purpura is the most common cause of childhood vasculitis. Although Henoch-Schonlein Purpura (HSP) is a rare virus seen among children, is has also been diagnosed in adults. I will discuss a 15-year-old female who presented with the virus and report on her progress from diagnosis to prognosis. In this I will include the pathogenesis, signs and symptoms, the similarities and differences seen in children and adults, risk factors, and medication associated with HSP. I will discuss the progression of this patient’s illness with HSP while comparing what has been reported throughout literature with other patients and what science has shown.
Henoch Schonlein Purpura is a rare virus affecting less than 0.0002% of children per year. It is an inflammation of systemic small blood vessels medically referred to as leukocytoclastic vasculitis (Hetland, Susrud, Lindahl, & Bygum, 2017). Diagnosis is usually as a result of observable and palpable purpura on the lower extremities, where it is most commonly seen, and a second symptom which would include one of the following: abdominal pain, IgA found in biopsy, arthritis/arthralgia, or nephropathy (Vujic, Knezevic, Igrutinovic, & Jankovic, 2017).