Vasculitis - Diagnosis

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How is vasculitis diagnosed?

Laboratory testing of blood or body fluids in a patient with active vasculitis generally indicates inflammation in the body. Depending on the degree of organ involvement, a variety of organ function tests can be abnormal.

The diagnosis of vasculitis is definitively established after a biopsy of involved tissue demonstrates the pattern of blood vessel inflammation. Examples of tissues used for biopsy include skin, sinuses, lung, nerve, and kidney. Depending upon the situation, an alternative to biopsy can be an X-ray test of the blood vessels called an angiogram, which can demonstrate characteristic patterns of inflammation in affected blood vessels.

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Comment from: searching, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: December 01

After many blood tests, muscle studies and many doctor visits, he finally had a muscle biopsy done to his calf muscle and it was determined he has vasculitis.

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Comment from: bamagirl, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 15

I was diagnosed with vasculitis after spending 4 months of doctor appointments to see what was causing the blisters and lesions on my feet and legs. I also have pain and swelling in my feet and legs and a very bad itch.

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