treatment and prognosis

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The disease is usually self limiting.

Bed rest and simple analgesics may be prescribed for arthropathy.

Renal involvement is the most feared complication. Renal damage may be assessed by:

  • presence of symptoms of glomerulonephritis
  • renal histology - if more than 50% of glomeruli have crescents then the end result is likely to be chronic renal failure

The renal failure of HSP is responsible for 5% of children entering renal dialysis programmes.

Last reviewed 01/2018