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Clinical approach to cutaneous vasculitis

Gonzalez-Gay, Miguel Aa; Garcia-Porrua, Carlosa; Pujol, Ramon Mb

Current Opinion in Rheumatology: January 2005 - Volume 17 - Issue 1 - p 56-61
doi: 10.1097/01.bor.0000145519.68725.5a
Vasculitis syndromes
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Purpose of review This review provides the readers with an update on the clinical approach of a patient seeking treatment with cutaneous vasculitis. It outlines the work-up for assessing patients with cutaneous vasculitis and discusses the essential features of the main conditions included within this category.

Recent findings Recent works on genetic and infectious factors implicated in the pathogenesis of Henoch-Schönlein purpura are discussed. Special attention is given to the prognosis and response to treatment. Also, recent reports on cutaneous vasculitis secondary to connective tissue diseases are reviewed.

Summary With this review, the reader will be able to establish the steps to be followed in the clinical approach to a patient seeking treatment with cutaneous vasculitis.

aDivision of Rheumatology, Hospital Xeral-Calde, Lugo, Spain; and bDepartment of Dermatology, Hospital del Mar, Barcelona, Spain

Correspondence to Miguel A. González-Gay, MD, PhD, Rheumatology Division, Hospital Xeral-Calde, c) Dr. Ochoa s/n 27004, Lugo, Spain

Tel: +34 982 296000, ext. 6588; fax: +34 982 242405; e-mail: miguelaggay@hotmail.com

© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.