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

  • Z. Birsin Özçakar
  • Fatoş Yalçınkaya
  • Suat Fitoz
  • Selçuk Yüksel
  • Banu Acar
  • Aysun Çaltık
  • Mesiha Ekim
Original Paper

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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Authors and Affiliations

  • Z. Birsin Özçakar
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Fatoş Yalçınkaya
    • 1
  • Suat Fitoz
    • 2
  • Selçuk Yüksel
    • 1
  • Banu Acar
    • 1
  • Aysun Çaltık
    • 1
  • Mesiha Ekim
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Pediatric NephrologyAnkara University Medical SchoolAnkaraTurkey
  2. 2.Department of RadiodiagnosticAnkara University Medical SchoolAnkaraTurkey
  3. 3.Cebeci, AnkaraTurkey

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