What is vasculitis?
Vasculitis is a rare autoimmune disorder that causes inflammation of the blood vessels which results in narrowing of the vessel’s canal. The narrowing is related to the vessel wall thickening. The thickened blood vessel reduces blood flow to that part of the body. The narrowing of blood vessels has the potential of causing serious complications as tissues, and vital organs may become damaged.
Who can develop vasculitis?
Any sex, race, or age group can develop vasculitis.
Where does vasculitis occur?
Vasculitis can occur in any blood vessel. This may involve any arteries, veins, or capillaries found in the body. Vasculitis can affect one organ or many simultaneously.
What are the different types of vasculitis?
There are several categories used to describe the different types of vasculitis. They are usually categorized based on the size of the blood vessel that the condition affects.
- Large vessel
- Medium vessel
- Small vessel