Vasculitis

 

Vasculitis means inflammation of the blood vessels. It is a rare condition and there are several different types each causing different symptoms and signs, depending on which area of the body is affected.

Many people with vasculitis will feel generally unwell with fever, sweats and weight loss. Other problems might include skin rashes, eye inflammation, joint pains and swelling, nose bleeds and breathing problems.

Some forms of vasculitis can be triggered by drugs and infections and can resolve without treatment, other forms occur in the context of conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. Most forms have no known trigger and progress without treatment.

More on what we do

Depending on your symptoms, you may have already been seen by a doctor who specialises in the part of your body affected.

This might include a doctor who specialises in the eye, nose, lungs or kidneys.

The first step is often to make sure you don’t have another explanation for your symptoms, such as an infection.

In reaching a diagnosis you may need a “biopsy” where a small sample of affected tissue is removed to look for blood vessel inflammation under a microscope. Blood tests are also useful in helping reach a diagnosis.

Treatments

Once a diagnosis is reached, treatment generally involves the use of medications to dampen an overactive immune system.

This would usually include steroid tablets or injections and can include stronger treatments.

The exact nature of the treatment will depend on your specific type of vasculitis.

Our team

Our rheumatology team includes six consultants and a Staff Grade:

  • Dr Earl
  • Dr Haigh
  • Dr Brown
  • Dr Mascarenhas
  • Dr Abusalameh
  • Dr Cates
  • Dr Murphy

 

We have five nurse specialists:

  • Jill Moran
  • Tracey Morey
  • Gillian Hawkins
  • Sharon Mulcahy
  • Rachael Shaw

 

All of our consultants see patients with vasculitis.

Dr Haigh and Dr Cates run a joint vasculitis clinic with Dr Smyth in the renal department.

Where to find us

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

Contact us

Patients with vasculitis may be seen in a variety of clinics including community clinics if stable. The joint vasculitis clinic runs in main medical outpatients.

Your appointment letter will tell you where to attend.

Clinics

Patients with vasculitis may be seen in a variety of clinics including community clinics if stable. The joint vasculitis clinic runs in main medical outpatients.

Your appointment letter will tell you where to attend.

Supporting you

Living with a chronic condition can be challenging both physically and emotionally. We link with talking health services at the RD&E.

They can provide extra support with patients experiencing mental health difficulties. Find out more here

Cookies

Our site uses cookies to help give you a better experience. By continuing to use it you consent to the use of cookies as set out in our privacy policy.