What is vasculitis?
Vasculitis means inflammation of any of your blood vessels. It can cause a variety of different symptoms and problems. It can be primary, where it occurs on its own, or secondary, where it occurs with another condition. Read more
What are the symptoms of vasculitis?
Because vasculitis takes different forms, the symptoms vary from person to person. Many people with vasculitis feel unwell with fever, sweats, fatigue and weight loss. Other symptoms vary according to which part of the body is affected. Read more
What types of vasculitis are there?
Doctors usually define the types of vasculitis according to the size of blood vessels involved. Types of primary vasculitis include Takayasu arteritis, giant cell arteritis, polyarteritis nodosa and Kawasaki disease. Read more
Who gets vasculitis?
Vasculitis is quite rare. Overall, in every 100,000 people in the UK, only 10-15 will develop vasculitis each year. Different types of vasculitis tend to affect different age groups. Read more
What causes vasculitis?
There’s no single cause of vasculitis, and in most cases the exact cause is unknown. It’s thought that most forms of vasculitis are a type of autoimmune disease. Read more
What is the outlook for vasculitis?
The most severe types of vasculitis can be life-threatening, but most types respond well to treatment, and for many of them you're likely to make a full recovery. Read more
How is vasculitis diagnosed?
Vasculitis is diagnosed using blood tests, x-rays or other scans and biopsies (obtaining a tissue sample to look at under the microscope). Read more
What treatments are there for vasculitis?
Treatments for vasculitis include drug treatments, immunoglobulin injections, antiviral treatments and antibacterial drugs, and plasma exchange. Read more
Who diagnoses and treats vasculitis
If you have vasculitis, it's important to have one consultant who is in overall charge of your care. However, vasculitis can affect a variety of different organs and if required your care should also involve members of a multi-disciplinary team. Read more
Self-help and daily living for vasculitis
Try the following self-help tips: Stop smoking, balance regular exercise with rest, eat a healthy diet, keep warm and understand your treatments. Read more
Research and new developments for vasculitis
Arthritis Research UK funds a range of research into vasculitis, including studies on treatments and on the causes and frequency of vasculitis. Read more