Vasculitis

What is vasculitis?

Vasculitis means inflammation of the blood vessels, causing a variety of symptoms and problems due to reduction of blood flow to different organs. Many people with vasculitis will feel generally unwell with fever, sweats, weight loss. Other symptoms include skin rashes, nosebleeds, Raynaud’s phenomenon, vision changes, tingling or weakness in the limbs, muscle aches, cough and more.

An important type of vasculitis is Giant Cell Arteritis.

How is vasculitis treated?

Treatment generally involves the use of immuno-suppressants or steroids to reduce inflammation – the exact nature of the treatment will depend on your specific type of vasculitis. See the links below for more information.

Where can I find out more about vasculitis?

vascVasculitis UK

  • About vasculitis – useful information for vasculitis patients and their carers
  • Living with vasculitis – more information including benefits, personal stories and working with vasculitis

arukArthritis Research UK

  • Vasculitis – extensive scleroderma information page from Arthritis Research UK

Last updated: October 3, 2017