Our vasculitis program is led by our rheumatologists, who work with a multidisciplinary team of specialists that provide care for all aspects of vasculitis. The multidisciplinary team has partners in Pulmonary, Nephrology, Pulmonary, Neurology, and Dermatology, among others. Specialized therapies, including many new treatments such as various biologics, are prescribed and monitored by providers with additional counseling provided by in-clinic pharmacists and nurses.
Vasculitis is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation of blood vessels. This can limit blood flow, which can have severe effects on organs and even be life-threatening. The disease can be long-term (chronic) or short-term (acute), and can affect one organ, or several. There are many different types of vasculitis. Some require medications to keep the disease under control, while others may improve without treatment. Most types of vasculitis are rare. Types of vasculitis include:
- Giant cell arteritis /Temporal arteritis
- Cryoglobulinemic arteritis
- Granulomatosis with polyangiitis
- Churg-Strauss syndrome
- Henoch-Scholein purpura
- Behcet’s disease
- Polyarteritis Nodosa
- Takayasu’s arteries
BMC physicians pioneered the development of the National Institutes of Health-sponsored Vasculitis Clinical Research Consortium and offer internationally recognized expertise in the evaluation and treatment of all forms of vasculitis.