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Vasculitis: Symptoms, Treatment, Diagnosis

Definition

What is vasculitis?

Vasculitis is a rare group of conditions in which the immune system attacks the blood vessels and causes inflammation.Vasculitis is a rare group of conditions in which the immune system attacks the blood vessels and causes inflammation. In most cases, the cause is unknown. These are rare conditions, and most forms of vasculitis affect only several people out of a million. Unfortunately, for those affected with vasculitis, these conditions are very serious and potentially life-threatening. And since there are blood vessels throughout the body, vasculitis often involves multiple areas of the body.

Early recognition and treatment of vasculitis is important to prevent complications. Care of patients with vasculitis requires a team of experts who are familiar with the conditions and its treatment and complications.

What is the Vasculitis Program?

The first of its kind in Southern California, the UCLA Vasculitis Program is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary team of experts dedicated to meeting the specific needs of patients with vasculitis. Patients with suspected or diagnosed vasculitis, their families and their doctors can all benefit from our program.

Our mission is:

  • To provide timely, comprehensive and multidisciplinary state-of-the-art care for the diagnosis and treatment of patients with suspected or established vasculitis.
  • To participate and collaborate in research studies to advance the care of patients with vasculitis.
  • The education of trainees, physicians, and allied health in the early recognition and evaluation of patients with suspected vasculitis thereby raising awareness of this condition.

Some of the advantages our UCLA Vasculitis Program offers the patients:

  • Access to UCLA specialists who are very well-versed with the diagnosis and treatment of vasculitis and its possible complications.
  • A team of doctors from UCLA that includes all the specialists needed to manage each patient’s form of vasculitis.
  • Coordinated care from physicians who work together to develop the best individualized treatment plan for each patient and his or her needs.
  • Access to cutting-edge diagnostic testing and treatments.
  • The ability to participate in research studies to advance the field of vasculitis.

Please note, the UCLA Vasculitis Program only evaluates adult patients (those 18 years and older). For pediatric patients, please visit UCLA Pediatric Rheumatology.

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