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Vasculitis Overview

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Symptoms

Symptoms vary depending on the specific type of vasculitis:

  • Polyarteritis nodosa - Fever, weight loss, weakness, fatigue, malaise (a generally sick feeling), headache, abdominal pain, muscle aches, hypertension (high blood pressure), shortness of breath and rash

  • Hypersensitivity vasculitis - Raised, purple spots on the skin, fever, joint pain

  • Giant cell arteritis - Fever, jaw pain after chewing, problems with vision, headache, malaise, fatigue, poor appetite, joint pain

  • Wegener's granulomatosis - A general sick feeling (malaise), weakness, joint pain, poor appetite, weight loss, sinus pain, sinus drainage, bloody nose, a cough that may produce blood, shortness of breath, chest discomfort, red eyes, skin rash or ulcers, symptoms of kidney failure

  • Takayasu's arteritis - A general sick feeling (malaise), fever, night sweats, joint pain, poor appetite, weight loss, pain in one or both arms, fainting, symptoms of congestive heart failure

  • Kawasaki disease - Swollen lymph nodes (swollen glands) in the neck; swelling in the skin; redness of the mouth, lips and palms; peeling skin at the fingertips; chest pain

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