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Is vasculitis serious?

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It can be very serious. If a blood vessel becomes inflamed and narrowed, the blood supply to the area of the body it serves may be partially or completely blocked. If other blood vessels can't make up for it, the tissue supplied by the affected vessels will die. Because vasculitis can happen in any part of the body, any tissue or organ can be affected. In very rare cases, if a segment of a blood vessel becomes weakened, it may then stretch and bulge. This is called an aneurysm. The wall of the blood vessel can become so weak that it ruptures and bleeds, which can be life-threatening.

From: Vasculitis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: The Johns Hopkins Vasculitis Center: "Rheumatoid Vasculitis Information." National Library of Medicine: "Vasculitis." Vasculitis Foundation: "Vasculitis Statistics." UpToDate for Patients: "Patient Information: Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment."



Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 13, 2017

SOURCES: The Johns Hopkins Vasculitis Center: "Rheumatoid Vasculitis Information." National Library of Medicine: "Vasculitis." Vasculitis Foundation: "Vasculitis Statistics." UpToDate for Patients: "Patient Information: Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment."



Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 13, 2017

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