How to use Vasculitides in a sentence
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Vasculitides is the plural of the word vasculitis, which may be used to describe any disorder characterized by inflammation of the blood or lymph vessels.
The term juvenile vasculitides is sometimes used to refer to a group of disorders that primarily affect children and adolescents.
The most common childhood vasculitides are Kawasaki syndrome (sometimes called Kawasaki disease) and Henoch-Schönlein purpura.
The most widely used classification scheme for the vasculitides was first proposed at an international conference in 1994.Advertisement
Some of the childhood vasculitides affect the skin, producing rashes, ulcers, or reddish-purple spots known as purpura.
The specific symptoms of the more common childhood vasculitides are described in more detail below.
Some of the childhood vasculitides may be preceded and possibly triggered by infectious diseases.
Most vasculitides are relatively rare disorders; one source estimates that about 100,000 persons (including adults as well as children and adolescents) are hospitalized each year in the United States for treatment of vasculitis.
Although this number is small compared to the number of those treated for cancer or diabetes, the vasculitides can nonetheless have a significant financial and emotional impact on the families of children diagnosed with them.Advertisement
It is, however, one of the most serious vasculitides.
There is no single disease process that underlies all the childhood vasculitides.
As with other childhood vasculitides, various disease organisms (including fungi as well as bacteria or viruses) have been suggested as the cause, but none have been definitely identified.
The early symptoms of the childhood vasculitides are often difficult to distinguish from those of other illnesses.
To begin with, many of the early symptoms of the childhood vasculitides are not specific to these disorders and may have a wide range of other possible causes.Advertisement
Another factor that complicates diagnosis is that the various childhood vasculitides have overlapping symptom profiles.
The doctor may also order skin, muscle, lung, or sinus biopsies in order to distinguish among the various childhood vasculitides.
The prognoses for the childhood vasculitides vary widely depending on the disease and the extent of organ involvement.