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An epidemiological study of Henoch-Schönlein purpura.

  AIM: To describe the incidence of hospital admission among children in the Scottish population for Henoch-Schönlein purpura (HSP).

METHOD: The annual, quarterly and monthly incidences of HSP were derived from routinely collected data for Scotland from 1995 to 2007.

RESULTS: Annual incidences of childhood cases of HSP in Scotland ranged from 20.3 to 26.7 per 100,000 of the child population over 1995-2007. Quarterly rates were highest in winter and lowest in summer. Monthly rates were highest in the months between December and March and consistently low in July and August.

CONCLUSION: The annual incidence of childhood HSP in Scotland appears high compared with rates reported in other countries, and the results demonstrate a seasonal pattern. Health professionals should be aware of the symptoms, and of the best treatments and care available. Further research is needed to gain a better understanding of this disease, as the aetiology remains unknown and there are no clear evidence-based treatments or interventions.

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  • Date:

    30 November 2009

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    RCN Publishing Company

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  • Library of Congress:

    RJ101 Child Health. Child health services

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    618 Gynecology, obstetrics, pediatrics & geriatrics


Penny, K. I., Fleming, M., Kazmierczak, D. F. & Thomas, A. (2009). An epidemiological study of Henoch-Schönlein purpura. Paediatric Nursing. 22, 30-35. ISSN 0962-9513



Human; Epidemiological research; incidence; inpatients; Scotland; seasons; Purpura, Schoenlein-Henoch -- etiology; Purpura, Schoenlein-Henoch -- symptoms; Purpura, Schoenlein-Henoch -- therapy; Purpura, Schoenlein-Henoch -- complications; infant, newborn; infant; child, preschool; Child; adolescence; patient admission; confidence intervals; retrospective design; pediatric nursing.

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