Donate to Vasculitis Research, Patient Care and Education

The body’s blood vessels are responsible for moving blood between the heart, organs and limbs. When a condition called vasculitis occurs, the immune system attacks its own blood vessels. Because of this attack, inflammation narrows and restricts the pathway in which blood flows. Serious complications can result, depending on the severity of the condition. Symptoms of vasculitis include fever, loss of appetite, weight loss and fatigue. Although vasculitis is a somewhat rare condition, physicians at Northwestern Medicine specialize in diagnosing and treating many different forms of this disease.

There are many types of vasculitis affecting the small, medium and large blood vessels in the body.

Vasculitis impacting the small blood vessels include:

  • Henoch-Schonlein Purpura
  • Hypersensitivity Vasculitis
  • Essential Mixed Cryoglobulinemia
  • Microscopic Polyangiitis

Vasculitis impacting the medium blood vessels include:

  • Buerger’s disease
  • Kawasaki disease
  • Polyarteritis Nodosa
  • Central nervous system vasculitis

Vasculitis impacting the large blood vessels include:

  • Cogan’s syndrome
  • Behcet’s disease
  • Giant cell arteritis
  • Takayasu’s arteritis
  • Polymyalgia rheumatica

Vasculitis is brought on by an infection, blood cancers (such as leukemia) or an autoimmune disease (such as rheumatoid arthritis). People with conditions such as hepatitis B or C, as well as smokers, also are at risk for vasculitis. Certain types of vasculitis are more prevalent within specific races and ages, but the disease generally affects all genders, ages and races equally.  Your contribution to Northwestern Memorial Foundation will ensure that those affected by vasculitis are diagnosed and treated, early and effectively, by the dedicated physicians at Northwestern Medicine.

Members of the Division of Rheumatology at Northwestern Medicine provide patient-centered, evidence-based care to people with vasculitis and other autoimmune diseases. Furthermore, a multidisciplinary team of specialists — including rheumatologists, orthopaedic surgeons, physical rehabilitation specialists, and pulmonary, cardiology and nephrology specialists — is dedicated to relieving suffering and improving quality of life for every person affected by vasculitis.

Vasculitis Research, Patient Care and Education Donation

Your donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation will make it possible for Northwestern Medicine’s Division of Rheumatology to continue to provide outstanding training for rheumatology fellows; to further develop an active translational research program that connects lab research with the care of patients; and to work closely with pharmaceutical companies to develop new therapies for conditions such as vasculitis. You support has the ability to make a powerful difference in many lives.

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