What are the symptoms of Vasculitis

The symptoms of vasculitis depend on the particular blood vessels that are involved by the inflammatory process. Different types of vasculitis involve blood vessels in characteristic locations throughout the body. For example, Giant Cell Arteritis typically involves the medium– to large–sized blood vessels supplying the head and neck, but rarely involves the blood vessels of the kidneys. In contrast, Wegener’s Granulomatosis frequently involves the kidneys, very often the lungs, and almost always the upper respiratory tract, but rarely blood vessels to the brain. As depicted in the image below, Buerger’s disease involves the fingers and (toes). Gangrene can result from a profound lack of blood flow.

See the rest of this article at John Hopkins Vasculitis Center.

Sometimes as patients we forget that this disease can affect other areas of the body because it narrows the blood vessels through inflammation. This article from John Hopkins Vasculitis Center gives an overview of what body systems can be affected by a vasculitis disease. This post is just a reminder that even though we are in remission, this disease can flare at any time.


About Cyn Bagley

My life is a mixture of travel, jobs, and disease. You can find some of my novels on amazon.com under the name Cyn Bagley.
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