Vasculitis Symptoms: Treatment, Complications and Medications

Vasculitis Treatment & Vasculitis Complications:


vasculitis symptomsSome very serious symptoms and complications can develop from a patient with Vasculitis. 

Which complications they may get depends on the type of Vasculitis they have. 

Vasculitis Symptoms


Some of the symptoms of Vasculitis are weight loss, fatigue, fever, loss of appetite, pain in the joints or muscles, and numbness or weakness caused by nerve problems.

If any of these symptoms occur you need to contact a physician.

The severity of the Vasculitis may be curtailed if help is received early enough. The sooner the disease is diagnosed and treated, the less chance that complications will occur.

Vasculitis is a very serious disease and should not be ignored.

Remember that if you develop any of these symptoms and are not sure about it, see a physician as soon as possible.

Since vasculitis is caused partially by an overly active immune system, treatments will help suppress the immune system.



In some cases treatment is successful to enable the remission of vasculitis. In other cases Vasculitis can reoccur and because of this further treatment is necessary.

Many cases of Vasculitis can go into remission with treatments but in some cases the disease will not go away and continued treatment is needed for a prolonged period of time.




Vasculitis Treatment 

Because Vasculitis treatment is sometimes necessary to enable remission, there is also a possibility of serious Vasculitis complications from the medications.

Treatment is not always needed but anyone with the disease needs to see a doctor as soon as possible, to make sure. The seriousness of the side effects depends on what medication or combination of medications are used.

All of the medications prescribed for the treatment of Vasculitis can have serious side effects but many side effects can be controlled by careful administration of the drugs. The administering of these drugs should only be done by an experienced specialist physician.



vasculitis Specialist Specialists who can be Involved

Depending on the type of vasculitis you have and which organs are affected, your doctor may refer you to various specialists, including:

  • An ophthalmologist (eye specialist)  
  • An infectious disease specialist (infectious disease specialist) 
  • A dermatologist (skin specialist) 
  • A nephrologist (kidney specialist)  
  • A neurologist (nervous system specialist)  
  • A cardiologist (heart specialist)  
  • A pulmonologist (lung specialist)  
  • A rheumatologist (muscle specialist and joint specialist)  
  • A urologist (urinary tract specialist and urogenital system specialist)  




Vasculitis Medications

The medications for the treatment of Vasculitis are listed below, along with the possible side effects.:

  • Cyclophosphamide or sometimes known as Cytoxen, may cause side effects such as infertility, bone marrow suppression, infection, cancer, and or bladder problems. 

  • This drug is sometimes used with the steroid Prednisone. Steroids are used often for infections or inflammations. 

  • This drug was first used as a chemotherapy drug for cancer. Great caution should be used when administering it for Vasculitis.

  • Methotrexate or (MTX) is another dangerous drug sometimes used for the treatment of Vasculitis. 

  • Some of the possible side effects of this drug are nausea, pneumonitis (inflammation in the lung), anemia (which is low red blood cell count), liver problems (which can be complicated and cause cirrhosis of the liver or scarring), lymphoma, Leukopenia, or Thrombocytopenia (low platelets which can cause bleeding). 




VasculitidesSome people may develop mouth ulcers. While this treatment is very dangerous to use, without it Vasculitis can get worse and cause even more complications.

There is a risk either way so serious thought should be given before refusing treatment because of possible side effects.

The other medication used for the treatment of Vasculitis is Prednisone. This is a steroid which has many possible side effects. 

The possible side effects of this drug are hypertension, mood swings, get infections easily, bruising easily, thinning of the bones, cataracts, acne, and insomnia.

Other possible side effects are glucose intolerance, Avascular Necrosis of bones, and Abdominal Striae ( stripes on the abdomen much like stretch marks).

While the treatments for Vasculitis can be dangerous, they do not outweigh the problems or secondary diseases that the Vasculitis disease itself can cause.

Diagnosis and treatment is needed as soon as possible so do not hesitate to contact a physician if you have any of the symptoms.


How Can Vasculitis Be Prevented?

You can't prevent vasculitis. However, Vasculitis treatment can help prevent or delay the complications of vasculitis.


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