Leukocytoclastic,Vasculitis,,An,Inflammatory,Reaction,In,The,Blood,Vessels.,Aka Vasculitis is inflammation of the blood vessels. That inflammation can lead to the narrowing of the blood vessels, which can disrupt the flow of blood and lead to many different health complications. When vasculitis impacts large vessels, the risks grow. Vasculitis around the heart can lead to congestive heart failure, and conditions in the head can increase the risk of stroke. Here is what you should know.

Types of Vasculitis That Affect Large Veins and Arteries

Several types of vasculitis exist, including the following.

Behcet’s Syndrome

Behcet’s syndrome is a rare disorder that causes chronic inflammation. It can affect any large blood vessels, leading to serious complications, such as valve diseases, myocarditis, endocarditis, and endomyocardial fibrosis. The exact cause is still being researched, but it is likely related to a combination of factors that include genetics, immune issues, and environmental factors.

Cogan’s Syndrome

Cogan’s syndrome is an autoimmune disease that commonly affects large vessels, often the aorta. One notable symptom of this disease is inflammation in and around the ears and eyes. This inflammation can also impact blood vessels in the area, complicating the condition with vasculitis.

Cogan’s syndrome often causes headaches and can distort vision and balance. Like any source of vasculitis, it can lead to more serious conditions when left untreated.

Giant Cell Arteritis

Giant cell arteritis occurs when inflammation reaches the inner lining of the arteries. It can impact any arteries in your body, but it most commonly afflicts the head. For this reason, it is also referred to as temporal arteritis. Giant cell arteritis typically causes headaches. It can also cause jaw pain and vision problems and can lead to blindness when left untreated.

Contact Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center

Regardless of the type of vasculitis, it is never something to leave alone. If you have concerns or questions, you can get help from our team at Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center. Our team offers state-of-the-art vascular disease treatment options for individuals throughout Suffolk County.

We can help you better understand your disease and what can be done to help. Contact our office in Port Jefferson Station (631-476-9100), Hauppauge (631-979-0222), or Riverhead, NY (631-591-9003) to schedule an appointment today.

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