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Rare disease
HSP or not HSP… that is the question
  1. David Cordiner1,
  2. Clair A Evans2,
  3. John Morrice1
  1. 1Department of Paediatrics, Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy, Fife, UK
  2. 2Department of Pathology, Yorkhill Hospital, Glasgow, UK
  1. Correspondence to David Cordiner, davidcordiner{at}


The authors report on the case of a 10-year-old girl who presented with a vasculitic process primarily involving the skin, joints and kidneys, which was initially presumed to be a variant of Henoch-Schonlein purpura. When the disease process behaved in a more aggressive way than expected, with the rapid onset of acute renal failure, further investigation revealed the underlying diagnosis to be that of Wegener's granulomatosis.

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