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May 1971

Periarteritis Nodosa: A Remission Achieved With Combined Prednisone and Azathioprine Therapy

Author Affiliations

From the Allergy-Immunology Section of the Department of Medicine, Northwestern University School of Medicine, McGaw Medical Center, Chicago.

Am J Dis Child. 1971;121(5):424-427. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1971.02100160094014

Respiratory symptoms were the first manifestation of illness in a 17-year-old boy with a diagnosis of periarteritis nodosa. Over a period of several months he developed pulmonary infiltrates, peripheral eosinophilia, abdominal distress, and mononeuritis multiplex. As the disease became progressively more severe, it no longer responded to increasing doses of prednisone. Azathioprine therapy was started in addition to prednisone and the patient has had clinical remission of symptoms for 11 months.

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