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: Extremely wide ethnic variations (from 6 in the UK in late 1970s to 4,200 in Turkey in 2000); 100-300 in US , mainly in immigrants; 24 in European-descent vs. 175 in Asian-descent vs 350 in Norh-African- descent French population
Major Research: Research at the vasculitis and lupus clinic, Many patients attending the clinic will be invited to take part in research projects investigating the causes and treatments for their illnesses.