is inflammation of a blood vessel. It is as generic of a term as “sprain
.” To get more specific, you must know what kind of vasculitis you are talking about.
Attempts to classify the vasculitides (plural of vasulitis) have raised great controversy, mostly because as a group of disorders they are heterogeneous but overlapping. The most common grouping are into primary, where the vasulitis exists as a entity of itself, and secondary, where it is due to or associated with another disease condition. The primary grouping is then subdivided based on the size/location of the vessels involved. The following is the classification of the 1990 American College of Rheumatology
Vasculitis Affecting Predominantly Medium-and Small-sized Blood Vessels
Vasculitis Affecting Predominantly Small-sized Blood Vessels
- Vasculitis Affecting Predominantly Large-, Medium-, and Small-sized Blood Vessels
Vasculitis Secondary to Other Well-defined Nonrheumatic Conditions
This list is not necessarily complete.
EPIDEMIOLOGY OF THE VASCULITIDES
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VASCULITIS A Collection of Pearls and Myths
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