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How is vasculitis diagnosed?

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Vasculitis is when your blood vessels get inflamed. That may weakened or stretch your blood vessels, or case them to leak, swell, get narrower, or even close off entirely.

Your doctor may diagnose it based on your symptoms, medical history, exam, and lab tests. They can test your blood for signs that you may have vasculitis, including:

  • Anemia
  • A high white blood cell count
  • A high platelet count
  • Signs of kidney or liver problems
  • Signs of an allergic reaction
  • Inflammation

From: Vasculitis Pain Management WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What Is Vasculitis?"

American College of Rheumatology: "Vasculitis."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 13, 2017

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What Is Vasculitis?"

American College of Rheumatology: "Vasculitis."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 13, 2017

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