Periarteritis: Overview

Alternative names: Polyarteritis nodosa

A serious blood vessel disease in which small- and medium-sized arteries become swollen and damaged.

Diagnose your symptoms now!
  • check your overall health status
  • learn what you should be doing right now
  • identify any nutritional deficiencies


Polyarteritis nodosa is a vascular disease of unknown cause which typically strikes adults.

Signs and Symptoms

Generalized symptoms include fever, fatigue, weakness, loss of appetite, weight loss.  Muscle aches (myalgia) and joint aches (arthralgia) are common.  The skin may show rashes, swelling, ulcers, and lumps (nodular lesions).  Nerve involvement may cause sensory changes with numbness, pain, burning and weakness.  Central nervous system involvement may cause strokes or seizuresKidney involvement can produce varying degrees of renal failure.  Involvement of the arteries of the heart may cause a heart attack (acute myocardial infarction), heart failure and inflammation of the sack around the heart (pericarditis).

Prognosis; Complications

Treatment is mandatory for long-term survival.  The five-year survival rate in treated patients may approach 50%.

The end result of arterial damage is subsequent damage to the tissue that the arteries supply.  In this disease, secondary symptoms are a result of damage to the organs being affected – often the skin, heart, kidneys and nervous system.

Complications include:

Signs, symptoms & indicators of Periarteritis:

Symptoms - Skeletal

Concerned or curious about your health?  Try The Analyst™
Symptom Entry
Symptom Entry
Full Explanations
Optional Doctor Review
Review (optional)

Periarteritis suggests the following may be present:


Recommendations for Periarteritis:


Conventional Drug Use

Commonly recommended drugs include prednisone and cyclophosphamide.

Report by The Analyst™
Click to see sample report
Health problems rarely occur in isolation or for obvious reasons

Your body is a highly complex, interconnected system.  Instead of guessing at what might be wrong, let us help you discover what is really going on inside your body based on the many clues it is giving.

Our multiple symptom checker provides in-depth health analysis by The Analyst™ with full explanations, recommendations and (optionally) doctors available for case review and answering your specific questions.


Weak or unproven link: may be a sign or symptom of; may suggest
Weak or unproven link:
may be a sign or symptom of; may suggest
Strong or generally accepted link: often suggests
Strong or generally accepted link:
often suggests
Moderately useful: often helps with
Moderately useful:
often helps with
Very useful: is highly recommended for
Very useful:
is highly recommended for
We use cookies for traffic analysis, advertising, and to provide the best user experience