The artery that is spared in polyarteritis nodosa?
A. Bronchial artery
B. Renal artery
C. Coronary artery
D. Pulmonary artery
Correct answer : D. Pulmonary artery
Nodular thickened coronary vessels in polyarteritis nodosa. Abundant adipose tissue is also visible.
- Polyarteritis nodosa is a mulisystem , necrotizing vasculitis of small and medium sized muscular arteries.
- It is characterised by the involvement of renal and visceral arteries.
- Pulmonary arteries are not involved in PAN, although rarely bronchial vessels may be involved.
Ref : Harrison’s principles of Internal Medicine 19 th edition, Chapter 385, page 2187
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