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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Vasculitis (Overview)

Vasculitis is a medical term for inflammation of the blood vessels. There are many different types of vasculitis, often categorized by what size blood vessel is affected.


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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

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Vasculitis (Overview)

Vasculitis is a medical term for inflammation of the blood vessels. There are many different types of vasculitis, often categorized by what size blood vessel is affected.


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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?

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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Dr. Joram Seggev
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Angiitis (Definition)

Angiitis is a term that means inflammation of either a blood vessel ...Read more