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Systemic vasculitis is an autoimmune disease causing inflammation of the blood vessel walls. Symptoms vary with individuals, depending on which blood vessels are involved. The severity of the disease also varies from mild, needing little or no treatment, to extremely serious, requiring intensive care therapy.
Vasculitis Support Group West Midlands was set up to provide support for patients and carers by circulating information and ideas.
Examples of systemic vasculitis:
- Granulomatosis with polyangiitis - GPA (previously called Wegener's granulomatosis)
- Eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis - EGPA (previously called Churg-Strauss syndrome)
- Polyarteritis nodosa
- Microscopic polyangiitis (polyarteritis)
- Giant cell arteritis/temporal arteritis
- Takayasu's arteritis
- Kawasaki arteritis
- Behçet's disease
- Cryoglobulinaemic vasculitis
- Cutaneous leukocytoclastic vasculitis
An introductory leaflet is available and ongoing support is provided by means of a contact list, newsletter and an annual meeting.
Last updated on 24/10/2013
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