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Vasculitis describes generalized inflammation of vessels. Vasculitides carry a broad range of clinical presentations and as a whole can involve almost any organ system.


Some vasculitides are due to direct vessel injury from an infectious agent. However a large proportion show evidence of immune complex related vessel wall injury.


There are many, often overlapping, types of classification:

See also

Article information

rID: 2260
System: Vascular
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Vasculitides
  • Vasculitides - general
  • Infective or inflammatory vascular conditions

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Cases and figures

  • Case 1: CNS vasculitis - unspecified
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  • Case 2: CNS vasculitis - background PAN : uncommon
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  • Case 3: Takayasu arteritis
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  • Case 4: GI tract
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