The clinical approach to patients with vasculitis
© 2015 by Nova Science Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.The systemic vasculitides are a heterogeneous group of disorders. Pathologically defined by the presence of vascular inflammatory infiltrate, primary vasculitides occur in the absence of a known cause or associated disease state, while secondary vasculitides occur in association with known underlying disorders and disease triggers. The vasculitic process is often systemic however vascular inflammation may be confined to an isolated organ system such as the kidney or even central nervous system. This chapter provides an overview of the approach to patients with systemic vasculitis including the clinical presentation, differential diagnosis, imaging and histopathologic evaluation, and short- and long-term treatment-related complications.
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