Vasculitis cutánea (inglés)

Hayat S, Berney SM.

Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine in Shreveport, 1501 Kings Highway, Shreveport, LA 71130, USA.

Vasculitis is defined as inflammation of blood vessels and can affect multiple organs. Several classification systems exist to categorize vasculitis such as vessel size, presence of anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody, pathogenesis of the inflammation, and type of inflammatory cell infiltrate. Cutaneous vasculitis occurs as a manifestation of many diseases including rheumatologic diseases, hypersensitivity syndromes, infections, and malignancies. The diagnosis of the cutaneous vasculitis and the underlying cause requires a complete history and physical exam and usually a biopsy or angiogram. The treatment depends on the etiology of the inflammation and includes immunosuppression, withdrawal of the offending agent, antibacterial/antiviral agents, and chemotherapies. A clear understanding and approach to this condition will improve the physician's ability to provide optimal patient care.

PMID: 16045830 [PubMed - in process]

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