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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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.

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 1334 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

The Effects of Plasma Exchange on Severe Vasculitis with Diffuse Alveolar Hemorrhage.
 

Author(s): Kimihiko Goto, Kentaro Nakai, Hideki Fujii, Shinichi Nishi

Journal: Intern. Med.. ;56(1):55-59.

 

Antineutrophil cytoplasmic autoantibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis is a life-threatening disease characterized by rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis (RPGN) and diffuse alveolar hemorrhage (DAH). Glucocorticoids and immunosuppressants are commonly used to treat this disease but ...

Last Updated: 4 Jan 2017

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Infected Aortic Aneurysm Mimicking Anti-proteinase 3-Antineutrophil Cytoplasmic Antibody-associated Vasculitis.
 

Author(s): Kenta Hachiya, Kazuaki Wakami, Atsuhiro Yoshida, Hisao Suda, Nobuyuki Ohte

Journal: Intern. Med.. ;55(23):3465-3469.

 

We herein report an unusual case of an infected descending aortic pseudoaneurysm with luminal pathognomonic oscillating vegetation with serological findings and clinical features mimicking anti-proteinase 3-antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody-associated vasculitis. The positive blood ...

Last Updated: 1 Dec 2016

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The prognostic significance of the Birmingham Vasculitis Activity Score (BVAS) with systemic vasculitis patients transferred to the intensive care unit (ICU).
 

Author(s): Federico Biscetti, Angela Carbonella, Federico Parisi, Silvia Laura Bosello, Franco Schiavon, Roberto Padoan, Elisa Gremese, Gianfranco Ferraccioli

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2016 Nov;95(48):e5506.

 

Systemic vasculitides represent a heterogeneous group of diseases that share clinical features including respiratory distress, renal dysfunction, and neurologic disorders. These diseases may often cause life-threatening complications requiring admission to an intensive care unit (ICU). ...

Last Updated: 30 Nov 2016

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Reviews from the PubMed Database

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The terms "Vasculitis" returned 246 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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Rare type of pancreatitis as the first presentation of anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody-related vasculitis.
 

Author(s): Tomoya Iida, Takeya Adachi, Tetsuya Tabeya, Suguru Nakagaki, Takashi Yabana, Akira Goto, Yoshihiro Kondo, Kiyoshi Kasai

Journal: World J. Gastroenterol.. 2016 Feb;22(7):2383-90.

 

A pancreatic tumor was suspected on the abdominal ultrasound of a 72-year-old man. Abdominal computed tomography showed pancreatic enlargement as well as a diffuse, poorly enhanced area in the pancreas; endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration biopsy and endoscopic retrograde ...

Last Updated: 22 Feb 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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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: 6 Feb 2017

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