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Polyarthritis Nodosa Symptoms

Polyarthritis Nodosa symptoms arise due to the decrease in the blood supply to organs like heart, kidneys, nervous system and skin. It results because of the damage caused to the blood carrying tissues to these organs by abnormal immune cells. This characteristic makes the disease autoimmune by nature. It affects men more than women and children, along with people suffering from hepatitis B infection.

Awareness of the disease is imperative in early diagnosis and commencement of the treatment. This article tries to gain further insight on the signs of this ailment.

Polyarthritis Nodosa Symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Tingling feet
  • Inflammation of arteries
  • Tingling hands
  • Foot paresthesias
  • Hand paresthesias
  • Weight loss
  • Abdominal pain
  • Reduced urine
  • Kidney failure
  • Hypertension
  • General weakness
  • Edema
  • Malaise
  • Arterial constriction
  • Vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Uremia – A toxic condition involving retention of the waste products in the blood itself
  • Joint pains
  • Muscle pain
  • Nausea
  • Muscle pains
  • Fatigue
  • Personality change
  • Seizures
  • Skin lesions
  • Sensory peripheral neuropathy
  • Chills
  • Gastrointestinal upset
  • Asthma
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Arthritis
  • Testicular pain
  • Motor peripheral neuropathy
  • Thrombosis – A condition involving clotting on blood in the vessels carrying it

Diagnosis of the Polyarthritis Nodosa Symptoms:

There is no single laboratory test which can diagnose this condition. Certain physical examinations and laboratory studies are carried out to diagnose this condition framed by the ACR (American College of Rheumatology) in 1990. They serve as the diagnostic criteria of the ailment. Presence of three or more of these ten following signs confirm the disease in a person:

  • Weight loss of 4.5 kg and above
  • Leg tenderness, weakness and muscle pain
  • Nerve disease
  • Testicular pain or tenderness in a suspicious site to be examined under the microscope
  • Purplish skin discoloration of the torso
  • High blood pressure more than 90mmHg
  • High levels of kidney test parameters like creatinine greater than 1.5 mg/dL and BUN greater than 40mg/dL
  • Inflamed arteries shown by the biopsy.
  • Positive in hepatitis B virus test

1 response to Polyarthritis Nodosa Symptoms

  1. check for polyangitis overlap and also secondary signs

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