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Vasculitis

 

Vasculitis is a common term for conditions causing inflammation and damage to the blood vessels which comprise of both arteries and veins.

Causes
Its causes are not known.

Symptoms
Symptoms vary according to the organ affected and may include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Fever
  • High blood pressure
  • Joint and muscle pains
  • Breathlessness
  • Mouth or nose ulcers
  • Abdominal pain and discomfort
  • Diarrhea
  • Ear infections
  • Vision problems
  • Red and itchy eyes
  • Tingling and numbness in the limbs
  • Pain and weakness in the limbs
  • Paralysis
  • Skin problems like hives, bruises, itchiness, etc.
  • Genital and skin lesions
  •  Loss of mental function

Treatment
Treatment is specific to the organ affected. General treatment includes:

  • Cortisones
  • Immunosuppressants

Prevention
There is no way to prevent vasculitis.