Systemic vasculitides: an overview

Kidder, D., Dospinescu, P., Karabayas, M. and Basu, N. (2018) Systemic vasculitides: an overview. Medicine, 46(2), pp. 93-97. (doi: 10.1016/j.mpmed.2017.11.001)

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Abstract

The systemic vasculitides are a group of uncommon but serious multisystem autoimmune disorders characterized by blood vessel inflammation. Timely diagnosis and intervention are crucial in preserving organ function and reducing mortality and morbidity. Immunosuppressive agents are the cornerstone of treatment and have revolutionized outcomes. Nevertheless, disease relapse is common, and individuals with vasculitides accumulate significant risks of infection, cardiovascular disease and malignancy over time compared with the general population, and invariably report poor quality of life. Toxicity from therapeutic agents – especially glucocorticoids – contributes to these complications.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Basu, Professor Neil
Authors: Kidder, D., Dospinescu, P., Karabayas, M., and Basu, N.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Infection Immunity and Inflammation
Journal Name:Medicine
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:1357-3039
ISSN (Online):1878-9390
Published Online:11 January 2018

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