Necrotizing Vasculitis Overview
What is necrotizing vasculitis?
A person with necrotizing vasculitis has a rare condition where there is inflammation of the blood vessel walls. Chronic inflammation may cause the vessel to become closed, interrupting blood flow. When this occurs the tissues can die resulting in necrosis. Necrotizing vasculitis may be seen in association with a variety of autoimmune diseases such as polyarteritis nodosa, scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and Wegener's granulomatosis.
What are the symptoms of necrotizing vasculitis?
The symptoms of necrotizing vasculitis includes chills, fatigue, fever, weight loss, abdominal pain, hoarse voice, blood in the urine or stools, joint pain, difficulty swallowing, skin redness, and skin redness.
How does the doctor treat necrotizing vasculitis?
The treatment of necrotizing vasculitis includes medications used to suppress the immune system to reduce the inflammation of the blood vessels. Medications used to treat necrotizing vasculitis include corticosteroids and a variety of immunosuppressive agents such as cyclophosphamide and methotrexate.
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