Focus on Polyarteritis Nodosa
Thursday, September 22, 2016
12:00 noon Eastern
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Dr. Kathleen “Kathy” McKinnon will present an overview of Polyarteritis nodosa (PAN) and discuss treatment options as well as advances in research during a webinar on Thursday, September 22, 2016. Dr. McKinnon leads The Henry Ford Division of Rheumatology’s Vasculitis Clinic in Detroit, Michigan. Her clinical interests include systemic lupus erythematosus, vasculitis, and connective tissue diseases. Dr. McKinnnon sees patients at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital and New Center One in Detroit, Michigan.
Ed Becker, Director of Marketing and Communications for the Vasculitis Foundation and Founder and Director of the PAN Support Network, will moderate the webinar and discuss some of the challenges patients with PAN face.
Polyarteritis nodosa (PAN) is a type of vasculitis that mainly affects medium-sized arteries. Vasculitis includes a group of diseases where your immune system attacks the blood vessels and results in inflammation. Inflammation of the arteries can lead to narrowing or blockage of blood vessels, causing a lack of blood supply to affected body tissues. However, inflammation can also result in thinning of the blood vessel walls and aneurysm formation (dilation of the blood vessel) which can sometimes rupture. In some cases, PAN can be caused by chronic hepatitis B virus infection. In most cases, no cause is found (idiopathic). PAN most commonly affects the skin, nerves, gut or kidney arteries. Some forms of PAN affect only the skin (cutaneous PAN) or one body organ (localized PAN), while in other cases, the disease affects multiple organ systems (systemic PAN).