Henoch Schonlein Purpura (HSP)


Henoch-Schonlein purpura (HSP) is a form of vasculitis, a condition that involves inflammation of the blood vessels.

  • It’s one of the most common forms of vasculitis in childhood.
  • HSP is seen most frequently in children between the ages of 5 and 15 years.
  • It occurs more frequently in boys than girls.
  • A family connection has been noted with HSP, where the disease has happened to two or more siblings of the same family, either at the same time, or one after another.

Individualized care for your child

In the rare instance that your child has an aggressive form of HSP, she may end up with serious kidney disease. The End-Stage Renal Program at Boston Children's Hospital consists of an expert team of physicians, surgeons, nurses, nutritionists and social workers who assist children with chronic renal failure.

We work with families to plan individualized therapy for each child.

Our goal is to preserve each patient's growth and development by integrating schooling and providing guidance on behavioral and financial issues. We also assist in arranging transport and home help support, as well as visiting nursing services.