Vasculitis

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Vasculitis

Vasculitis is redness and swelling (inflammation) of the system of small tubes that carry blood throughout your body (vessels, arteries, veins and capillaries). This inflammation can cause these tubes to become weak and narrow, leading to a blockage which will cut off blood supply to an area of the body. Vasculitis can affect any area of the body, leading to damage of any organ or tissue.

The symptoms of vasculitis vary depending on which organ or tissue is affected. Symptoms may include a rash, muscle weakness, fever, weight loss, general fatigue, kidney failure, heart attack or stroke. Vasculitis can be diagnosed by your doctor using a combination of your health history, physical exam, blood and urine tests to look for signs of inflammation or organ damage, imaging tests (x-ray, CT or MRI) to look for inflammation and organ damage, and removal of a small piece of affected tissue (biopsy) to look for signs of vasculitis.

Treatment options depends on which tissue or organ is affected. In some cases, treatment may not be necessary and the inflammation will go away on its own. Other times, medications may be necessary to prevent further damage and relieve symptoms. If you have been diagnosed with vasculitis, talk with your doctor about the most current treatment options. Support groups are a good resource for additional information.

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Advocacy and Support Organizations

 

Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Vasculitis" for support, advocacy or research.

Alliance for Cryoglobulinemia

Alliance for Cryoglobulinemia is an inclusive network of patients, caregivers, family, medical professionals and other supporters dedicated to improving quality of life for people with cryoglobulinemia. Our goal is to create a platform that links all efforts of campaigns, research, support and other resources related to cryoglobulinemia. We utilize medical advisors, community networking, crowd-funding, peer to peer support, social media and campaign strategies to advocate awareness, patient support, education and research.

Last Updated: 24 Apr 2015

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Alpha-1 Awareness UK

Alpha-1 Awareness UK is a charity formed to provide information and support to sufferers of alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. We maintain close links with experts and organisations associated with the condition, including European Alpha groups, pharmaceuticals and clinicians. Our primary objective is to improve the understanding of A1AT in both patients and medical professionals, as well as to provide support for Alphas and their carers.

Last Updated: 29 Mar 2013

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Following organizations serve the condition "Vasculitis" for support, advocacy or research.

Alliance for Cryoglobulinemia

Alliance for Cryoglobulinemia is an inclusive network of patients, caregivers, family, medical professionals and other supporters dedicated to improving quality of life for people with cryoglobulinemia. Our goal is to create a platform that links all efforts of campaigns, research, support and other resources related to cryoglobulinemia. We utilize medical advisors, community networking, crowd-funding, peer to peer support, social media and campaign strategies to advocate awareness, patient support, education and research.

http://allianceforcryo.org/

Last Updated: 24 Apr 2015

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Alpha-1 Awareness UK

Alpha-1 Awareness UK is a charity formed to provide information and support to sufferers of alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. We maintain close links with experts and organisations associated with the condition, including European Alpha groups, pharmaceuticals and clinicians. Our primary objective is to improve the understanding of A1AT in both patients and medical professionals, as well as to provide support for Alphas and their carers.

http://www.alpha1awareness.org.uk

Last Updated: 29 Mar 2013

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Vasculitis" returned 1570 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Recurrent Stenosis of the Ileum Caused by Rheumatoid Vasculitis.
 

Author(s): Masaki Tago, Yuka Naito, Hiroki Aihara, Naoko E Furukawa, Shu-ichi Yamashita

Journal: Intern. Med.. 2016 ;55(7):819-23.

 

A 65-year-old man with a 20-year history of rheumatoid arthritis was transferred to our hospital due to a second episode of intestinal obstruction, a fever, and joint pain within the previous 6 months. He had an extremely high rheumatoid factor level and decreased complement levels. ...

Last Updated: 4 Apr 2016

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Neutrophilic Dermatoses in Antineutrophil Cytoplasmic Antibody-Associated Vasculitis: A French Multicenter Study of 17 Cases and Literature Review.
 

Author(s): Hubert de Boysson, Nicolas Martin Silva, Claire de Moreuil, Antoine Néel, Mathilde de Menthon, Olivier Meyer, David Launay, Christian Pagnoux, Loïc Guillevin, Xavier Puéchal, Boris Bienvenu, Achille Aouba,

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2016 Mar;95(11):e2957.

 

A few reports suggest combination of ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV) and neutrophilic dermatoses (ND). We aimed to describe the main characteristics of patients presenting with both AAV and ND in a French cohort and through a systematic literature review, and to discuss the possible ...

Last Updated: 18 Mar 2016

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Simultaneous development of sarcoidosis and cutaneous vasculitis in a patient with refractory Crohn's disease during infliximab therapy.
 

Author(s): Tadahisa Numakura, Tsutomu Tamada, Masayuki Nara, Soshi Muramatsu, Koji Murakami, Toshiaki Kikuchi, Makoto Kobayashi, Miho Muroi, Tatsuma Okazaki, Sho Takagi, Yoshinobu Eishi, Masakazu Ichinose

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Paradoxical inflammations during anti-TNF-α therapy are defined as adverse effects such as psoriasiform skin lesions, uveitis and sarcoidosis-like granulomas induced by immune reactions, not by infectious agents. Here, we report a very rare case of the simultaneous development of ...

Last Updated: 11 Feb 2016

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The terms "Vasculitis" returned 269 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

One year in review: systemic vasculitis.
 

Author(s): Elena Elefante, Alessandra Tripoli, Francesco Ferro, Chiara Baldini

Journal: Clin. Exp. Rheumatol.. ;34(3 Suppl 97):S1-6.

 

Systemic vasculitis are complex and heterogenous disorders. During the past months great efforts have been made aimed at clarifying disease pathogenesis and at improving patient management and treatment. In this review we summarise the most important scientific contributions on vasculitis ...

Last Updated: 31 May 2016

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Pauci-Immune Crescentic Glomerulonephritis: An ANCA-Associated Vasculitis.
 

Author(s): Rafeel Syed, Amina Rehman, Gautam Valecha, Suzanne El-Sayegh

Journal: Biomed Res Int. 2015 ;2015():402826.

 

Rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis (RPGN) is a syndrome signified by a precipitous loss of renal function, with features of glomerulonephritis including dysmorphic erythrocyturia and glomerular proteinuria. RPGN is associated with extensive crescent formation, and, thus, the clinical ...

Last Updated: 21 Dec 2015

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Intestinal Behçet's Disease: A True Inflammatory Bowel Disease or Merely an Intestinal Complication of Systemic Vasculitis?
 

Author(s): Duk Hwan Kim, Jae Hee Cheon

Journal: Yonsei Med. J.. 2016 Jan;57(1):22-32.

 

Behçet's disease (BD) is a multi-systemic inflammatory disorder of an unknown etiology and shows a chronic recurrent clinical course. When the disease involves the alimentary tract, it is called intestinal BD because of its clinical importance. Intestinal BD is more frequently reported ...

Last Updated: 3 Dec 2015

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Endothelin Antagonism in ANCA Vasculitis
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Vasculitis

 

Last Updated: 29 Aug 2016

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Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) in Retinal Vasculitis
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Retinal Vasculitis

 

Last Updated: 21 Apr 2015

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IgA-positive Versus IgA-negative Immune Complex Vasculitis
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Cutaneous Vasculitis

 

Last Updated: 30 Nov 2015

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