Other Names for this Disease
- Microscopic polyarteritis
- Secondary glomerular disease
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MPA is treated with medications that suppress the immune system, which can lower an individual's resistance to infections. There are a variety of immune suppressing medications that are used in MPA; however, resources state that a steroid (usually prednisone) and a medication toxic to cells (usually starting with cyclophosphamide) are typically prescribed first. The goal of treatment is to stop all of the organ damage that occurs as a result of MPA. The duration of treatment with immune suppressing medication varies between individuals, but is typically given for at least one to two years.
Last updated: 2/4/2009
- Microscopic polyangiitis. The Johns Hopkins Vasculitis Center Web site. 2014; http://www.hopkinsvasculitis.org/types-vasculitis/microscopic-polyangiitis/. Accessed 8/13/2014.
- Microscopic Polyangiitis. Cleveland Clinic Web site. November 10, 2010; http://my.clevelandclinic.org/disorders/microscopic_polyangiitis/hic_microscopic_polyangitis.aspx. Accessed 8/13/2014.
- Finding Treatment Information - A video developed by GARD Information Specialists that explains how you can find information about treatment for a rare disease.
- ClinicalTrials.gov lists trials that are studying or have studied Microscopic polyangiitis. Click on the link to go to ClinicalTrials.gov to read descriptions of these studies.
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