Vasculitis is an inflammation of your blood vessels, from the smallest capillaries to the aorta of your heart. It causes changes in the walls of blood vessels, including thickening, stretching, weakening, narrowing and scarring. These changes can restrict or stop blood flow, resulting in organ and tissue damage.


Both men and women may experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Skin rashes
  • Fatigue or weakness
  • Fever
  • Joint pains
  • Abdominal pain
  • Kidney problems (including dark or bloody urine)
  • Nerve problems (including numbness, weakness and pain)
  • Cough and/or shortness of breath
  • Small vessels that break may produce areas of bleeding in the tissue that appear as small red or purple dots on the skin
  • Larger vessels may swell and produce a lump which may be felt if the blood vessel is close to the skin surface
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