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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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 1553 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

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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Circulating Level of Neutrophil Extracellular Traps Is Not a Useful Biomarker for Assessing Disease Activity in Antineutrophil Cytoplasmic Antibody-Associated Vasculitis.
 

Author(s): Huan Wang, Li-Li Sha, Tian-Tian Ma, Lu-Xia Zhang, Min Chen, Ming-Hui Zhao

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Antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis (AAV) is a group of life-threatening disorders, and frequently affects the kidneys. This study investigated whether the circulating neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) levels were associated with disease activity of ...

Last Updated: 4 Feb 2016

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Atopic Dermatitis and Association of Risk for Henoch-Schönlein Purpura (IgA Vasculitis) and Renal Involvement Among Children: Results From a Population-Based Cohort Study in Taiwan.
 

Author(s): Chang-Ching Wei, Cheng-Li Lin, Te-Chun Shen, Tsai-Chung Li, An-Chyi Chen

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2016 Jan;95(3):e2586.

 

Elevation of Th2 cytokine-driven inflammatory mediators has been reported in acute stage of Henoch-Schönlein purpura (HSP). However, the temporal interaction between Th2-mediated allergic diseases and HSP with renal involvement remains unknown. Herein, we conducted a population-based ...

Last Updated: 28 Jan 2016

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Reviews from the PubMed Database

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The terms "Vasculitis" returned 266 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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Vasculitis Pregnancy Registry
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Vasculitis; Behcet's Disease; CNS Vasculitis; Cryoglobulinemic Vasculitis; Eosinophilic Granulomatosis With Polyangiitis (EGPA); Churg-Strauss Syndrome (CSS); Granulomatosis With Polyangiitis (GPA); Wegener's Granulomatosis; IgA Vasculitis; Henoch-Schoenlein Purpura (HSP); Microscopic Polyangiitis (MPA); Polyarteritis Nodosa (PAN); Takayasu Arteritis (TAK); Urticarial Vasculitis; Systemic Vasculitis

 

Last Updated: 8 Sep 2016

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Pediatric Vasculitis Initiative
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Wegeners Granulomatosis (Granulomatosis With Polyangiitis); Microscopic Polyangiitis; Churg Strauss Syndrome (Eosinophilic Granulomatosis With Polyangiitis); Polyarteritis Nodosa; Takayasu Arteritis; Primary CNS Vasculitis; Unclassified Vasculitis

 

Last Updated: 19 Aug 2016

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Alemtuzumab for ANCA Associated Refractory Vasculitis
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Vasculitis; Microscopic Polyangiitis; Granulomatosis With Polyangiitis; Wegener's

 

Last Updated: 28 Jul 2011

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