Vasculitis means inflammation (swelling) of the blood vessels. Inflammation is your immune system's natural response to injury or infection. It can help the body deal with invading germs. In vasculitis, however, for some reason the immune system attacks healthy blood vessels, causing them to become swollen and narrow. Kidneys are often affected by vasculitis. This is a serious condition.

More on what we do

If vasculitis in the kidney is suspected, you will need a blood and urine test. One of our doctors would normally recommend a kidney biopsy (where a small sample of the kidney is taken) to confirm the diagnosis and to help plan treatment.


Vasculitis often responds very well to treatment. A combination of medicine is usually used, which reduces the activity of the immune system and the vasculitis.

Sometimes, treatment is needed for at least two years and in many cases, for the rest of your life.

You will need to be carefully monitored throughout your treatment.

Where to find us

RD&E Wonford, Barrack Rd, Exeter EX2 5DW

The main kidney unit is based in the Renal Day Case/Sid Ward, at the end of E link corridor.

Contact us

To contact Renal Day Case, call 01392 404792/4791.


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