Vasculitis

Common Name(s)

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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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.

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

Articles from the PubMed Database

Research articles describe the outcome of a single study. They are the published results of original research.
The terms "Vasculitis" returned 1346 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Clinical characteristics and outcome of Spanish patients with ANCA-associated vasculitides: Impact of the vasculitis type, ANCA specificity, and treatment on mortality and morbidity.
 

Author(s): Roser Solans-Laqué, Guadalupe Fraile, Monica Rodriguez-Carballeira, Luis Caminal, Maria J Castillo, Ferran Martínez-Valle, Luis Sáez, Juan J Rios, Xavier Solanich, Joaquim Oristrell, Francisco Pasquau, Eva Fonseca, Monica Zamora, Jose L Callejas, Begoña Frutos, Monica Abdilla, Patricia Fanlo, Isabel García-Sánchez, Miguel López-Dupla, Bernardo Sopeña, Almudena Pérez-Iglesias, Josep A Bosch,

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2017 Feb;96(8):e6083.

 

The aim of this study was to describe the clinical characteristics of ANCA-associated vasculitides (AAV) at presentation, in a wide cohort of Spanish patients, and to analyze the impact of the vasculitis type, ANCA specificity, prognostic factors, and treatments administered at diagnosis, ...

Last Updated: 22 Feb 2017

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[Spontaneous hemothorax revealing Wegener's vasculitis in a pregnant woman].
 

Author(s): Hind Serhane, Msougar Yassine, Lamyae Amro

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Spontaneous hemothorax is a rare condition. Its causes are multiple but sometimes they remain unknown. In some patients, thoracotomy may be the only means to determine hemothorax origin. Vasculitis have not been reported as a common cause of spontaneous hemothorax. Pregnancy does ...

Last Updated: 3 Feb 2017

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[Severe pulmonary involvement in hypocomplementemic urticarial vasculitis (HUV)].
 

Author(s): Mohammed Raoufi, Mustapha Laine, Hicham Naji Amrani, Hicham Souhi, Hicham Janah, Hanane Elouazzani, Ismail Abderrahmane Rhorfi, Ahmed Abid

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Pulmonary involvement in hypocomplementemic urticarial vasculitis (HUV) or Mac Duffie syndrome is extremely rare with a poor prognosis. We report the case of a 55-year-old female patient treated for HUV over a period of 20 years. The diagnosis was confirmed on the basis of urticarial ...

Last Updated: 3 Feb 2017

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Reviews from the PubMed Database

Review articles summarize what is currently known about a disease. They discuss research previously published by others.
The terms "Vasculitis" returned 250 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

The pathogenesis of ANCA-associated vasculitis.
 

Author(s): Akihiro Ishizu

Journal: Nihon Rinsho Meneki Gakkai Kaishi. 2016 ;39(6):491-496.

 

  ANCA-associated vasculitis is characterized by the presence of anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA) in the serum. ANCA is a pathogenic autoantibody as well as the disease marker. It has been realized that ANCA-cytokine sequence is involved in the pathogenesis of ANCA-associated ...

Last Updated: 4 Jan 2017

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Systemic vasculitis associated with vemurafenib treatment: Case report and literature review.
 

Author(s): Adrien Mirouse, Léa Savey, Fanny Domont, Cloé Comarmond, Stéphane Barete, Emmanuelle Plaisier, Philippe Rouvier, Patrice Cacoub, David Saadoun

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2016 Nov;95(46):e4988.

 

Vemurafenib, an inhibitor of mutated B-rapidly accelerated fibrosarcoma, is frequently used in the treatment of melanoma and Erdheim-Chester disease (ECD) patients. Inflammatory adverse effects have been increasingly reported after vemurafenib treatment.

Last Updated: 18 Nov 2016

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Immunoglobulin A Vasculitis Complicated with Clostridium difficile Infection: a Rare Case Report and Brief Review of the Literature.
 

Author(s): Camelia Cojocariu, Carol Stanciu, Codrina Ancuta, Mihai Danciu, Stefan Chiriac, Anca Trifan

Journal: J Gastrointestin Liver Dis. 2016 Jun;25(2):235-8.

 

Immunoglobulin A (IgA) vasculitis, formerly called Henoch-Schönlein purpura, is a leukocytoclastic type of vasculitis affecting small vessels with a deposition of immune IgA complexes, clinically characterized by the classic tetrad of nonthrombocytopenic palpable purpura, arthralgia ...

Last Updated: 16 Jun 2016

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Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

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Clinical Trial Information This information is provided by ClinicalTrials.gov

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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A Phase 3 Clinical Trial of CCX168 (Avacopan) in Patients With ANCA-Associated Vasculitis
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: ANCA-Associated Vasculitis

 

Last Updated: 13 Mar 2017

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