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: In Japan, the incidence of Kawasaki disease is 188 per 100,000 children per year.
Major Research: The missions of the Department of Internal Medicine and Rheumatology at Juntendo University School of Medicine are to provide outstanding cutting edge clinical care, to advance the discipline through clinical and basic research, and to train the next generation of academic rheumatologists.