Vasculitis: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 3/26/2020

Vasculitis refers to a group of uncommon diseases characterized by an inflammation of blood vessels due to any cause.

Signs and symptoms associated with many causes of vasculitis include

Other associated symptoms and signs depend on the exact cause of vasculitis and can include

Causes of vasculitis

An autoimmune reaction, infection involving a blood vessel wall, or an allergic-type reaction to toxins or medications can cause vasculitis. There are many different causes of vasculitis. Examples of diseases associated with vasculitis include temporal arteritis, Kawasaki disease, polyarteritis nodosa, Churg-Strauss syndrome, and Henoch-Schönlein purpura.

Other vasculitis symptoms and signs


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Jameson, J. Larry, et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 20th Ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 2018.