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 data on epidemiology of vasculitis from India. Vasculitic disorders are not common but are certainly under- diagnosed and under-reported. An idea of the pattern of vasculitic disorders may be discerned from hospital-based data. Primary vasculitic disorders account for less than 1% cases seen. A rheumatology clinic. Chandrasekaran and Samant 1, reported an incidence of 0.3 %, 0.44% respectively. In our own experience these disorders account for 0% cases.
Major Research: Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research has started the research work on vasculitides