What Causes Vasculitis?
In order to deal properly with vasculitis we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors.
We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow vasculitis to develop?"
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Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind vasculitis consists of three steps:
Step 1: List the Possible Causative Factors
Identify all disease conditions, lifestyle choices and environmental risk factors that can lead to vasculitis. For example, lupus (SLE).
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
history of lupus
frequent mouth ulcers
frequent unexplained fevers
fatigue for over 3 months
variable duration morning stiffness
history of tender muscles
significant mouth sores
regular sore throats
... and more than 10 others
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of vasculitis.
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
Have you been diagnosed with Vasculitis? This is inflammation of blood vessel(s).
→ Don't know
→ Yes, in the past, but it is not a current problem
→ Yes, it is a minor recurring problem
→ Yes, it is a serious recurring problem
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate absence of vasculitis, history of vasculitis or having vasculitis, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as Lupus, SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus)
. In the vasculitis caused by lupus, the antigens causing the immune complexes are often not known. In some cases, the complexes contain DNA and anti-DNA antigens, or Ro (also called SS-A) and anti-Ro antigens. Another antibody, ANCA (anti-neutrophil cytoplasm antibody), can cause vasculitis in some individuals.
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