Clinical approach to cutaneous vasculitis

Curr Opin Rheumatol. 2005 Jan;17(1):56-61. doi: 10.1097/01.bor.0000145519.68725.5a.


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-Schonlein 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.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Connective Tissue Diseases / complications
  • Connective Tissue Diseases / pathology
  • Humans
  • Prognosis
  • Purpura, Schoenlein-Henoch / etiology
  • Purpura, Schoenlein-Henoch / pathology
  • Purpura, Schoenlein-Henoch / therapy
  • Skin / blood supply
  • Skin / pathology
  • Skin Diseases, Vascular / pathology*
  • Skin Diseases, Vascular / therapy*
  • Vasculitis / complications
  • Vasculitis / pathology*
  • Vasculitis / therapy*