Pathophysiology: Vasculitis is an autoimmune connective tissue disease that targets blood vessels in the body, leading to inflammation and potential damage to vital organs. Living with vasculitis can be challenging for patients as there are periods when the disease is more active and often unpredictable in nature. Although there is no cure for vasculitis, improved understanding of the disease process and new treatments can improve quality of life for patients.
Disease Treatment: Common prescription medicines used to treat vasculitis include corticosteroids and cytotoxic medicines. Corticosteroids help reduce inflammation in your blood vessels. Examples of corticosteroids are prednisone, prednisolone, and methylprednisolone.
Disease Statistics: There is no epidemiological study on vasculitides in adults in Canada, and few have been done in the United States. However, based on European, Australian, New-Zealander and Japanese studies, one can estimate the overall prevalence and annual incidence ranges of primary vasculitides
Major Research: Internationally recognized experts staff each of the clinics. Together, these clinics represent one of the largest bases of patients with autoimmune disease in North America, and one of the main centres in the world devoted to these serious disorders. The clinics also serve as a major educational resource centre for post-graduate education in rheumatology. Every year, these programs attract a substantial number of medical trainees from the University of Toronto Medical School.