Rheumatoid arthritis vasculitis
Anti-Neutrophil Cytoplasmic Antibody-Associated Vasculitis
© 2015 by Nova Science Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic autoimmune disease characterized by inflammatory synovitis. Rheumatoid vasculitis is suggested by the presence fever, weight loss, digital infarcts, deep cutaneous ulcers, mononeuritis multiplex, peripheral gangrene, and other extra-articular complications. It is confirmed by the presence of necrotizing arteritis in a biopsy of involved skin, nerve and muscle tissue. Accurately recognized and properly treated with immunosuppressant and biological therapies, rheumatoid vasculitis has an overall favorable prognosis. Thus, it is important to consider the diagnosis in all those so suspected. This chapter considers the epidemiology, clinical and laboratory manifestations, histopathology, and management of rheumatoid vasculitis.
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