Vasculitis Foundation: Polyarteritis Nodosa (PAN)
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We need to prioritize before candidates spend billions on their campaigns, before we purchase tickets to games so players can be paid millions, and before we buy expensive movie tickets so studios can pay millions to actors and actresses. My grandmother had a vascular disease with no known cure, called Polyarteritis nodosa or PAN. Each action we take, no matter how large or small, can lead to improved medical care and possible cures. Below is a bit more information on this disease and ways to help.
“The Vasculitis Foundation advocates for early diagnosis, leading edge treatment and ultimately a cure for all types of vasculitis. The VF provides numerous resources to patients, physicians, and interested members of the vasculitis community (Bi-Monthly Newsletter, Informational brochures and disease cards, Telephone 800 number, Patient Packets, Physician Packets, Chapters and Support Groups, Area Contacts, Medical Consultation Staff, Speaker's Bureau, International Symposia). VF members and friends organize and participate in local events to raise awareness and support VF programs. The VF Research Program funds novel studies to understand the cause(s) of vasculitis, investigates more effective treatments and works toward a cure for vasculitis.”
“Polyarteritis nodosa (PAN) is a vasculitis disease, which affects the small and medium-sized arteries. PAN commonly affects the skin, heart, kidneys and central nervous system. Cause: There is no known cause of PAN. Symptoms include fever, fatigue, weakness, loss of appetite, and weight loss. Muscle and joint aches are common. The skin may show rashes, swelling, ulcers, and lumps.”
Please visit vasculitisfoundation.org to support their efforts.
“The Polyarteritis Nodosa (PAN) Support Network is a not-for-profit organization with more than 700 members world-wide. Patients, caregivers, physicians, research specialists provide invaluable education and support through a mailing list, live chat sessions, and other web resources.”
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