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Rheumaderm pp 327-330 | Cite as

Management Issues in Vasculitis

  • Terence J. Ryan
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 455)

Abstract

In a Congress devoted to both rheumatic disease and skin disease, vasculitis is an appropriate topic for discussion. Many dermatologists believe that rheumatology has made a mess of the classification of vasculitis and with respect to management it is too drug orientated. When vasculitis is uncomplicated and affects only a single organ it behaves benignly and needs only attention to protection and decreasing the vulnerability of the skin to gravitational ‘stasis’, pressure, cooling and immobility. Complicated, multi-system vasculitis frequently needs much of the same skin care plus additional drug therapies. Unfortunately, there is no evidence that vasculitis of the skin is responsive to such drugs other than single case reports and uncontrolled trials. Where the cause of the vasculitis is a known infection, food or drug, autoimmune process or neoplasm, removal of the cause is an appropriate policy.

Keywords

Arterial Disease Pyoderma Gangrenosum Venous Disease Temporal Arteritis Venous Ulcer 
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References

  1. Ryan T J (1991) Vasculitis. In: ‘Textbook of Dermatology’. Ed: Rook, Wilkinson & Ebling 5th edition. Publ: Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford pp 1893–1961Google Scholar
  2. Ryan T J & Burnand K (1991) Venous and Arterial Disease In: ‘Textbook of Dermatology’. Ed: Rook, Wilkinson & Ebling 5th edition. Publ: Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford pp 1963–2013Google Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Terence J. Ryan
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of DermatologyChurchill HospitalOxfordUK

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