Vasculitis, a condition that causes inflamed blood vessels, affects children and adults, and it can lead to serious complications without early and ongoing treatment. At Millcreek Rheumatology, David Shaskey, MD, has extensive experience identifying and managing this complex vascular disorder. Dr. Shaskey helps you achieve remission and works with you to support your long-term health and wellness. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Salt Lake City, Utah, or use the online booking feature today.
Vasculitis includes a group of diseases that cause inflammation in your arteries and veins. Ongoing inflammation damages the blood vessels and restricts the flow of blood.
Vasculitis affects people of all ages, but some types are only diagnosed in specific groups, such as children or adults over the age of 50.
These are only a few examples of the 20 or more types of vasculitis:
This type develops in the arteries carrying blood to your face and scalp, often targeting the area around your temples.
Polyarteritis nodosa develops in blood vessels supplying your nervous system, skin, joints, heart, gastrointestinal tract, and other organs.
This type of vasculitis causes blood clotting in the blood vessels in your arms and legs.
Polymyalgia rheumatica leads to inflammation in your joints, often affecting your hips and shoulders.
Urticarial vasculitis affects your skin, causing swelling in small blood vessels and resulting in hives.
Most people feel under the weather in the early stages of vasculitis. You may have a low-grade fever, fatigue, headaches, body aches, or a skin rash.
When other symptoms start to appear, they’re more specific to the type of vasculitis and the part of your body that’s affected.
This list gives includes some of the symptoms you may experience:
Your symptoms may range from mild to debilitating.
Dr. Shaskey uses his training and experience to develop a customized treatment plan for each person’s unique case of vasculitis.
Most people take medications such as steroids to reduce the inflammation. You may also need medications, such as immunosuppressants, that also fight inflammation and allow Dr. Shaskey to lower your dose of steroids.
If you have severe vasculitis, Dr. Shaskey may prescribe a plasma exchange, called plasmapheresis, or intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg).
IVIg contains proteins that suppress inflammation. During plasmapheresis, a machine removes some of your blood, eliminates the cells causing your vascular inflammation, and then returns the blood to your body.
To learn more about vasculitis and its effect on your body, call Millcreek Rheumatology or schedule an appointment online today.