Vasculitis

Vasculitis is when your body's natural response to injury, which is inflammation, happens in healthy blood vessels

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Vasculitis refers to inflammation of your blood vessels. It occurs when your immune system attacks healthy blood vessels, causing them to swell. It is sometimes triggered by an infection or medication. It can be primary, where it occurs on its own, or secondary, where it occurs alongside another condition.

Need to know

  • Symptoms of vasculitis icon plus

    Since there are many types of vasculitis, symptoms can vary, but may include:

    • feeling unwell with fever
    • sweating
    • tiredness
    • unexplained weight loss

    Other symptoms depend on which part of your body is affected.

  • Diagnosis icon plus

    Your consultant will speak to you about your symptoms and may perform a physical examination of the affected part of your body. They may request some, or all, of the following tests to confirm diagnosis:

    • blood tests
    • X-ray, MRI or CT scans
    • a biopsy, which involves obtaining a tissue sample for analysis in a laboratory
  • Potential treatment options icon plus

    Treatment options may include:

    • steroid tablets
    • immunoglobulin injections
    • immunosuppressive drugs
    • new biologics treatment
    • plasma exchange, a procedure involving the separation and removal of plasma from your blood in order to remove the disease

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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