We strive to diagnose your condition at its earliest stages to ensure you experience the best possible outcome. Your evaluation begins with a review of your medical history and a comprehensive physical exam. Other tests may include:
Blood and Urine Tests
Your doctor may order blood and urine tests to look for specific blood cells and antibodies that signal the presence of inflammation. Testing may also indicate that your immune system is mistakenly attacking your body’s healthy tissues.
A small piece of tissue is removed from the affected organ -- such as the skin, kidneys, nerves, or lungs -- and examined to determine whether you have vasculitis.
X-ray, ultrasound, CT, and MRI scans may be used to determine whether larger arteries are affected in organs such as your lungs or heart.
A type of X-ray that shows blood flowing through your veins. A thin, flexible tube called a catheter is threaded into a large artery or vein. A special contrast dye is injected into the catheter to make the arteries and veins visible.