Severe intestinal involvement as initial manifestation of systemic childhood polyarteritis nodosa: Report of two cases

Severe intestinal involvement as initial manifestation of systemic childhood polyarteritis nodosa: Report of two cases

Author Gomes, Roberta C. Google Scholar
Marques, Victor L. S. Google Scholar
Cavalcante, Erica G. N. Google Scholar
Campos, Lucia M. A. Google Scholar
Sallum, Adriana M. Google Scholar
Tannuri, Uenis Google Scholar
Silva, Clovis A. da Google Scholar
Institution Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Universidade de São Paulo (USP)
Abstract Systemic childhood polyarteritis nodosa (C-PAN) is a rare primary vasculitis involving medium or small sized arteries. Abdominal angina is an important and serious complication of PAN, occurring usually 15 to 30 min after food intake, and particularly in adult patients. However, to our knowledge, this involvement as the first manifestation of C-PAN was not described. Therefore, we reported herein two C-PAN cases that fulfilled the new criteria for this vasculitis. These patients were young boys that had malignant arterial hypertension and recurrent post-prandial cramping with acute abdomen. Both of them were submitted to laparotomy that revealed multiple and diffuse intestinal necrosis. One of our cases had a severe post-prandial cramping, even after drinking water, and the laparotomy evidenced multiple intestinal perforations. in spite of use of antihypertensive therapies, immunosuppressive agents (corticosteroids, cyclophosphamide and/or methotrexate) and intravenous immunoglobulin, they died possibly due to severe and disseminated activity disease. in conclusion, we described herein the first two fatal cases of C-PAN that presented severe abdominal pain as initial manifestation. We suggest that the diagnosis of PAN should be considered in patients under acute abdominal angina with no apparent etiology. (C) 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Keywords Childhood
Polyarteritis nodosa
Arterial hypertension
Abdominal angina
Language English
Sponsor Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP)
Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq)
Federico Foundation
Nucleo de Apoio a Pesquisa Saude da Crianca e do Adolescente da USP (NAP-CriAd)
Grant number FAPESP: 2008/58238-4
CNPq: 302724/2011-7
Date 2013-02-01
Published in Journal of Pediatric Surgery. Philadelphia: W B Saunders Co-Elsevier Inc, v. 48, n. 2, p. 425-428, 2013.
ISSN 0022-3468 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Elsevier B.V.
Extent 425-428
Access rights Closed access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000314882800039

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