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Microscopic polyangiitis


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Overview


Microscopic polyangiitis (MPA) is a disorder that causes blood vessel inflammation (vasculitis), which can lead to organ damage.[1] The kidneys, lungs, nerves, skin, and joints are the most commonly affected areas of the body. MPA is diagnosed in people of all ages, all ethnicities, and both genders.[2] The cause of this disorder is unknown.
Last updated: 2/4/2009

References

  1. What You Need to Know About Microscopic Polyangiitis . Cleveland Clinic Web site. October 27, 2006 ; http://www.clevelandclinic.org/arthritis/treat/facts/microscopic%20polyangiitis.htm. Accessed 2/4/2009.
  2. Microscopic polyangiitis. The Johns Hopkins Vasculitis Center Web site. http://vasculitis.med.jhu.edu/typesof/polyangiitis.html. Accessed 2/4/2009.
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