Experience is Key to Identifying Vasculitis in Children
Vasculitis causes inflammation of blood vessels that may impact the flow of blood to organs. Its vague symptoms -- fatigue, skin rashes, low fever and other common childhood complaints -- makes it hard to diagnose. Its effects can be severe. Heart, lung, and kidney damage are serious concerns.
Duke pediatric rheumatologists are experienced at differentiating vasculitis from medical conditions with similar symptoms. We treat children with a wide range of inflammatory blood vessel disorders, including Henoch-Schonlein purpura, Kawasaki disease, Takayasu arteritis, and ANCA-associated vasculitis (including microscopic polyangiitis and granulamatosis with polyangiitis).
While vasculitis is a lifelong condition, it can be controlled through ongoing management. As your child grows, we help transition their care to an adult rheumatologist.