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Acta Paediatr. 2005 Dec;94(12):1858-60.

Polyarteritis nodosa presenting with a leg mass.

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  • 1Division of Paediatrics, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand and Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, Johannesburg, South Africa. fallerg@medicine.wits.ac.az


We report an unusual presentation of polyarteritis nodosa in a 2-y-old child. The child presented with a mass of the left leg adjacent to the calf, and the biopsy showed polyarteritis nodosa. Further investigations confirmed systemic features, and X-rays showed a periosteal reaction.Conclusion: Childhood polyarteritis nodosa may present with a lower limb inflammatory mass.

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