Top 20 Doctor insights on: Vasculitis

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Vasculitis (Overview)

A medical term for inflammation of the blood vessels. Many different types of vasculitis exist, often categorized by what size blood vessel is affected.


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What is vasculitis?

What is vasculitis?

Various: Vasculitis means inflammation of blood vessels. There are many forms of vasculitis, depending on the size of the blood vessels whether large arteries, small arteries, capillaries or veins. That are inflamed. Accordingly, the disease can range from unpleasant to life threatening. The treatment also depends on what blood vessels are inflamed. Vasculitis can also be limited to certain organs. ...Read more

Dr. Ronald Krauser
735 Doctors shared insights

Vasculitis (Overview)

A medical term for inflammation of the blood vessels. Many different types of vasculitis exist, often categorized by what size blood vessel is affected.


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What are the symptoms associated with vasculitis?

What are the symptoms associated with vasculitis?

Many and varied.: Many diseases can cause immune mediated vasculitis. Apart from the specific illness with tendencies to affect specific organs, the most common serious issues from all vasculitis are inflammation of renal, cerebrovascular, gastrinitestinal, and cardiac blood vessel inflammation. ...Read more

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Having headaches in the temples. Could that be an early sign of a vasculitis?

Yes but...: There are so many causes of headache of which many are felt in the temples, one of which causes is vasculitis. But vasculitis is a rare cause of headache. Most headaches in people with proven connective tissue disorders in fact are not due to cerebral vasculitis. Diagnostic tests exist which your neurologist may suggest for your headache work-up. ...Read more

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What is the life span after diagnosis of central nervous system CNS vasculitis?

What is the life span after diagnosis of central nervous system CNS vasculitis?

Highly variable: Depends on root cause and treatment response. Sometimes it will relapse and remit, other times it can spontaneously resolve. ...Read more

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What is the main diagnostic test for allergic vasculitis?

What is the main diagnostic test for allergic vasculitis?

Blood testing: Testing for systemic signs of inflammation with c-reactive protein levels or erythrocyte sedimentation rate is often performed. Testing for auto-immune antibodies such as anti-nuclear antibodies (ana screening) or rheumatoid factor may be needed. In addition, evidence of complement protein cascade activation (ch-50) may be useful to detect active inflamation periods. Biopsy is the best test. ...Read more

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What are the tests for vasculitis?

Many: There are many tests for vasculitis that should be done. Discuss this with your doctor as the list can be very long. This is because there are so many different causes for vasculitis, ranging from infection, medications, auto inflammatory conditions, cancer and several other causes. Get it checked out. ...Read more

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What kind of specialist understands most forms of vasculitis and can order angiography? Doc thinks I have a form of it due to complement system issue.

See below: Rheumatologists treat vasculitis and can order mras and ct angiograms ----in fact any doc can order these studies, but the rheumatologist manage vasculitis. ...Read more

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Does optic nerve vasculitis mean I have lupus?

Does optic nerve vasculitis mean I have lupus?

No: Vasculitis of the actual nerve is very very rare. More likely things are nerve swelling ie pseudotumor cerebri, or papilledema. The answer is in the actual findings on opthalmologic tests and patient should be seen both by a rheumatologist and a neuro-opthalmologist. Treatment for actual vasculitis is more difficult, and the diagnosis usually requires a cerebal blood vessel angiogram. ...Read more

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Is there anyway to find out the cause of idiopathic leukocytoclastic vasculitis and treat that naturally instead of going on methotrexate?

Is there anyway to find out the cause of idiopathic leukocytoclastic vasculitis and treat that naturally instead of going on methotrexate?

No and yes: Certainly the known possible causes of lcv should be looked for but if it is determined to be idiopathic, the cause is unknown. Treatment ranges from no treatment required at all to Methotrexate to other medications. Natural or herbal remedies have not been shown to have any conclusive effect but then again, medications are not always required. Mention your concerns to your doctor. ...Read more

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What is leukocytoclastic vasculitis and how is it treated?

Immune disorder.: This is an inflammation of small blood vessel mediated by IgA antibodies causing a typical skin rash of dotted red bumps mostly on lower extremities but also affecting iternal organs such as kidneys and intestines.
Treatment is mainly conservative or with steroids eliminating drugs that could have triggered the illness. ...Read more

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What is best vasculitis treatment?

Varies by type: The treatment depends on the type of vasculitis. There are several. For some forms of vasculitis, no treatment is necessary. Other forms are life-threatening and require immunosuppressive medications. ...Read more

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What are treatments for leukocytoclastic vasculitis?

What are treatments for leukocytoclastic vasculitis?

Depends: If it is just skin, topical steroids may work. Other times if serious, systemic steroids, methotrexate, Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) or even Dapsone or thalidomide are useful, very rarely. ...Read more

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How to cure vasculitis?

Hard to cure: Vasculitis or arteritis can be associated with many conditions. If collagen vascular, like lupus, medication may control, if giant cell arteritis, such as temporal arteritis, steroids might totally reverse. In most other cases, chronic treatment with medication over years is necessary. Since most of these disorders are autoimmune, success may be on the horizon in some cases. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment to get rid of vasculitis?

Depends: Depends on how extensive the vasculitis is and what parts of body are affected. Would recommend seeing a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Can infection or drug induced leukocytoclastic vasculitis be chronic or acute?

Self-limited: If the problem is from an infection or drug, one would expect the problem to subside within months after the infection has been eradicated or the drug eliminated. Most cases of leukocytoclastic vasculitis are presumed to be of an autoimmune nature however. ...Read more

Dr. Joram Seggev
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Angiitis (Definition)

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