What is Vasculitis?

Vasculitis is an autoimmune disorder that causes inflammation of the blood vessels. In a healthy immune system, white blood cells are dispatched when the body detects a foreign body (like a virus or bacteria), which triggers the immune response. However in cases where a patient’s immune system is compromised by what is known as an autoimmune disorder, the body mistakes healthy tissue as harmful and attacks its own cells and healthy tissue.

Dr. Susan Baker is an experienced rheumatologist in Los Angeles at Susan Baker MD, Rheumatology and Internal Medicine. The first step in treating vasculitis or any autoimmune disorder is to first obtain a proper diagnosis in order to develop an effective and appropriate treatment plan.

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Symptoms of Vasculitis

When a person’s blood vessels become inflamed, it can restrict healthy blood flow to vital organs. Vasculitis is something of an umbrella term and accounts for a group of autoimmune disorders that can damage blood vessels in different parts of the body.

The symptoms will range depending on several factors including the location in the body and on the individual patient, but some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Lethargy and fatigue
  • Fever
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Nerve issues
  • Numbing sensation

As with many disorders, obtaining an early diagnosis and treatment for symptoms as early as possible will help a rheumatologist to devise the most effective treatment plan possible for each patient and mitigate the progression of the condition and resulting damage to healthy tissue and organs wherever possible.

Click here to learn more about the signs, symptoms, and some treatment options for vasculitis.

Vasulitis can also affect veins and arteries and is sometimes the result of an underlying condition like an infection or allergic reaction. To find out more about vasculitis and its associated symptoms, please consult with a rheumatologist today!

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