Symptoms of Vasculitis

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Vasculitis is a form of disorder characterized with the inflammation of the blood vessels. The affected blood vessels are the arteries, veins and the capillaries. It resulted in the thickening, weakening and scarring as well as shortening the walls of blood vessels. It is a life threatening condition arising from an injury to body organs by limiting their provision and production of oxygen-rich blood which can cause organ damage and eventual loss of life.

Symptoms
The common symptoms of vasculitis include: weakness, joint and muscular pains, high fever, loss of weight and appetite, numbness, painful sores, reddish and tender nodules, ulcerated lesions, painful and swollen limb, blurred vision, abdominal pain, diarrhea, inflammation in the brain, dysphasia, coma, seizure, breathing difficulty, cough, scalp tenderness, blood in stool, night sweats, continuous runny nose, kidney failure and so on.
Causes
Bacterial infections
Certain cancers condition such as leukemia
Disorder of the immune system such as rheumatoid arthritis
Allergic reaction to some medications
Infection such as hepatitis C virus infection
Diagnosis
The following are some of the diagnostic methods:

Blood tests such as Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), platelet count, C – reactive protein, Full blood count

Urinalysis

Imaging scans such as X-rays, ultrasounds, CT scans or MRI scans

Angiogram

Biopsy
Treatment
Steroids are mostly used to lower inflammation. However, a prolong use of steroids could lead to weight gain, diabetes, osteoporosis

Drugs that manage immune system disorder could also be prescribed if steroid therapy becomes ineffective.
Consulting with medical doctors become using any drug as a treatment option.
Associated Complications

  • Damages to body organs
    High rate of recurrence of the condition even if treated.
  • Death.


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