Polyarteritis nodosa in pregnancy: a case report and brief literature review

Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1989 Mar;160(3):606-7. doi: 10.1016/s0002-9378(89)80039-0.


Patients who develop polyarteritis nodosa in pregnancy generally have a grim prognosis. A young nulliparous woman developed the disease and attained remission before becoming pregnant. Although she developed a recurrence, both mother and infant did well. It appears that if a patient becomes pregnant while in remission the chance of a successful pregnancy outcome is reasonable.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Antihypertensive Agents / therapeutic use
  • Captopril / therapeutic use
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypertension / complications
  • Hypertension / drug therapy
  • Polyarteritis Nodosa / complications
  • Polyarteritis Nodosa / drug therapy*
  • Prednisone / therapeutic use
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications, Cardiovascular*
  • Pregnancy Outcome
  • Remission Induction


  • Antihypertensive Agents
  • Captopril
  • Prednisone