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Vasculitis

Also known as Angiitis

Vasculitis (plural: vasculitides) is a group of disorders that destroy blood vessels by inflammation. Both arteries and veins are affected. Lymphangitis is sometimes considered a type of vasculitis. Vasculitis is primarily due to leukocyte migration and resultant damage.

Source: Wikipedia

What are the symptoms?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with vasculitis, 46% report having skin rash, 38% report having skin lesion, and 35% report having headache. The symptoms that are highly suggestive of vasculitis are swollen tongue and leg stiffness or tightness, although you may still have vasculitis without those symptoms.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with vasculitis often receive complete physical skin exam performed (ml), wound care management, ultrasonography, other diagnostic procedures (interview; evaluation; consultation), lipid panel, echocardiography, hemoglobin a1c measurement and biopsy .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with vasculitis include methotrexate, mycophenolate mofetil (cellcept), cyclophosphamide, collagenase topical, raloxifene (evista), hydroxychloroquine (plaquenil), chloral hydrate, cyclosporine, regadenoson (lexiscan), cholestyramine resin (questran), salmeterol, lidocaine-prilocaine topical and hydroxyurea .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for vasculitis include race/ethnicity = other, age 75+ years and age 60-74 years.

Age

< 1 years
0.4x
1-4 years
1.0x
5-14 years
0.8x
15-29 years
0.3x
30-44 years
0.5x
45-59 years
1.0x
60-74 years
1.9x
75+ years
2.5x

Sex

Male
1.0x
Female
1.0x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
0.5x
Hispanic
0.6x
White
1.1x
Other
2.6x
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