Vasculitis causes inflammation of blood vessels that may impact the flow of blood to organs. Its vague symptoms -- fatigue, skin rashes, fevers, and other common childhood complaints -- makes it difficult to diagnose. Its effects can be severe. Heart, lung, and kidney damage are serious concerns.
Duke pediatric rheumatologists are experts at differentiating between vasculitis and medical conditions with similar symptoms. We treat children with a wide range of inflammatory blood vessel disorders, including Henoch-Schönlein purpura, Kawasaki disease, Takayasu arteritis, and ANCA-associated vasculitis (including microscopic polyangiitis and granulomatosis with polyangiitis).
While vasculitis can be a lifelong condition, it can be controlled through ongoing management. As your child grows, we help transition his or her care to an adult rheumatologist.