adult; Henoch-Schönlein purpura (HSP); IgA vasculitis


Immune System Diseases | Internal Medicine | Medical Immunology | Rheumatology



Immunoglobulin A vasculitis (IgA)is a rare condition characterized by palpable purpura, often involving the skin, gastrointestinal tract, joints, and kidneys. Presentation is usually acute and is more common in children and adolescents of Southeast Asian and European descent. In the adult population, it is less common and therapies are not as well-established.

Case Presentation

Disease prevalence of IgA vasculitis outside Southeast Asian and European populations is not well-documented. In this case series, we present 2 cases of IgA vasculitis in 2 older adult males, one of Native American descent and one of African American descent.


IgA vasculitis must be considered within the adult population, and it is not limited to certain ethnic groups. Further research is needed to give clarity on the best treatment options for adults with IgA vasculitis. We believe that patients presenting with IgA vasculitis are best managed in a multidisciplinary approach, especially those patients with limited improvement despite the initiation of corticosteroids. Our 2 cases should raise awareness of IgA vasculitis in patients with skin rashes and elevated creatinine levels.