European Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 165, Issue 2, pp 120–123

Polyarteritis nodosa: successful diagnostic imaging utilizing pulsed and color Doppler ultrasonography and computed tomography angiography

Authors

    • Department of Pediatric NephrologyAnkara University Medical School
    • Department of RadiodiagnosticAnkara University Medical School
  • Fatoş Yalçınkaya
    • Department of Pediatric NephrologyAnkara University Medical School
  • Suat Fitoz
    • Department of RadiodiagnosticAnkara University Medical School
  • Selçuk Yüksel
    • Department of Pediatric NephrologyAnkara University Medical School
  • Banu Acar
    • Department of Pediatric NephrologyAnkara University Medical School
  • Aysun Çaltık
    • Department of Pediatric NephrologyAnkara University Medical School
  • Mesiha Ekim
    • Department of Pediatric NephrologyAnkara University Medical School
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s00431-005-0012-0

Cite this article as:
Özçakar, Z.B., Yalçınkaya, F., Fitoz, S. et al. Eur J Pediatr (2006) 165: 120. doi:10.1007/s00431-005-0012-0

Abstract

The diagnosis of polyarteritis nodosa (PAN) is often delayed because patients present with diverse clinical symptoms, but with less disease-specific signs. However, early diagnosis and treatment of PAN is necessary to prevent serious organ damage. Herein, we present a boy in whom the diagnosis of classical PAN was established rapidly with ultrasound and computed tomography (CT) angiography. Moreover, complete disappearance of the aneurysms after one month of therapy was documented. This case is presented in order to underline the role of new imaging techniques in the diagnosis and follow-up of patients with PAN.

Keywords

Children PAN Ultrasound Computed tomography angiography

Abbreviations

PAN

Polyarteritis nodosa

CT

Computed tomography

MR

Magnetic resonance

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© Springer-Verlag 2005