This page contains the list of conditions currently considered to be Vasculitic syndromes -  inflammation of blood vessels including arteries and veins - and a brief overview of each with links to more in depth information

Vasculitis involves blood vessels in the skin and in the body. Symptoms depend on the type of vasculitis present. It can cause tender lumps on the skin, open sores and high blood pressure. Vasculitis Foundation

  • Systemic necrotizing vasculitides: a group of disorders that destroy blood vessels by inflammation Wikipedia
  • Giant Cell arteritis (GCV) see Temporal arteritis (below)
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica -A syndrome of moderate to severe pain and stiffness in the shoulders and hips. Mayo Clinic
  • Churg-Strauss Syndrome (CSS) or Allergic Granulomatosis Angiitis is inflammation of blood vessels increasing the white blood cells. It occurs in people with a history of asthma or allergy and can involve small arteries and veins in lungs, skin, nerves, and abdomen.  CSS Association John Hopkins Vasculitis Center
  • Hypersensitivity vasculitis skin rash,  joint pains and enlarged lymph nodes in neck. Vasculitis UK
  • Wegener's granulomatosis -  inflamed blood vessels (vasculitis). Can involve any organ system, but mainly the sinuses, nose, lungs and kidneys. First symptoms include  sinus with joint pains, weakness & tiredness. NIAID  Johns Hopkins Vasculitis Center

 Temporal arteritis or Giant Cell arteritis (GCV) is a generalized vasculitis affects the large medium-sized arteries in part of the skull. It can be localized in the head or can have systemic involvement - pain in the jaw, tenderness of the scalp, fevers, and arthritis, particularly pain and stiffness of shoulders and hips.  Rare Disease Network  John Hopkins Vasculitis Center 

  • Takayasu’s Arteritis (TAK) is vasculitis affecting the medium and large sized arteries and mainly  the blood vessel that leaves the heart. It affects young adults, usually 15 to 20 years of age. Rare Disease Network.  John Hopkins Vasculitis Center
  • Kawasaki disease (KD) is a serious children's disease with high fever, red eyes, body rash, swollen tongue, sore throat and swollen glands.
  • Isolated vasculitis of the Central nervous system or CNS Vasculitis - inflames the blood vessels in the brain and spinal cord with symptom's including headaches. Can have sudden onset or be a waxing and waning condition Cleveland Clinic CNS Vasculitis Foundation's
  • Thromboangiitis obliterans or Buerger's disease is an inflammation and clotting of the veins and arteries in the hands and feet causing pain and associated with tobacco use JOHN HOPKINS   Mayo Clinic    Medscape
  • Sarcoidosis is a multisystem disease. Symptoms include shortness of breath, eye problems, enlarged lymph nodes and areas of itchy, discoloured skin  near your nose, eyes, back, arms, legs. Sometimes misdiagnosed as tuberculosis. BetterHealth  NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
  • Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) is after  transplantation when transplant cells (graft) make antibodies against the patient (host). Organs affected may include skin and liver. DermNet NZ   MedlinePlus
  • Cryopathies - an all inclusive term for marked intolerance to cold. Symptoms include "cyanosis, numbness, Raynaud's phenomenon; urticaria, purpura of skin and mucous membranes; vascular occlusions resulting in visual disturbances, deafness, or pulmonary infarctions; ulceration, necrosis, gangrene; hemolytic anemia, hemoglobinuria; rigors and fever.2,3,66,184 Seasonal exacerbations and remissions are characteristic." American College of Physicians


The information on this site is not meant for diagnosis of a disease - please see your health care professional with your medical concerns.


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