Fatal Henoch-Schonlein purpura in an adult related to bowel perforation: report and review of the literature.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

BACKGROUND: Henoch-Schonlein purpura is an idiopathic, IgA associated, systemic small-vessel vasculitis characterized by the clinical tetrad of palpable purpura, arthralgias, renal dysfunction, and abdominal pain. Whereas Henoch-Schonlein is an overwhelmingly pediatric disease, its rare diagnosis in adults carries a much higher morbidity and mortality. OBSERVATIONS: We describe a 52-year-old man with biopsy proven Henoch-Schonlein who expired from bowel perforation. CONCLUSIONS: Severe gastrointestinal complications and death from gastrointestinal involvement by Henoch-Schonlein purpura is rare. The authors surmise that multiple co-morbidities may have contributed to our patient's demise.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Miniter, U; Bae-Harboe, Y-SC; Powers, JG; Campbell, SM; Goldberg, LJ

Published Date

  • October 15, 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 18 / 10

Start / End Page

  • 9 -

PubMed ID

  • 23122016

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1087-2108


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States