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Polyarteritis nodosa and drug abuse: is there a connection?
  1. N. Samuels,
  2. O. Shemesh,
  3. A. M. Yinnon,
  4. D. Fisher,
  5. A. S. Abraham
  1. Department of Internal Medicine B, Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel.


    Drug abuse has been controversially linked to polyarteritis nodosa. A 28-year-old man with a history of drug abuse with inhaled heroin presented with an enigmatic illness consisting of refractory fever, bilateral pleural effusions, migratory polyarthritis, and a leukaemoid reaction. An abdominal angiography confirmed the diagnosis of polyarteritis nodosa, and treatment with both prednisone and cyclophosphamide resulted in significant clinical and laboratory improvement.

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