Pregnancy and vasculitis

Rheum Dis Clin North Am. 2007 May;33(2):299-317. doi: 10.1016/j.rdc.2007.02.001.


Until recently, the prognosis associated with many forms of systemic vasculitis was quite grim. Advances in this field have allowed us to begin to focus on issues related to quality of life such as fertility, conception, and pregnancy among women with vasculitis. Because the systemic vasculitides are rare diagnoses, many important questions remain unanswered. Overall, it seems that women who have inactive vasculitis may not be subject to unusual complications during pregnancy, but our understanding of the interaction between pregnancy and specific forms of vasculitis continues to evolve.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Antibodies, Antineutrophil Cytoplasmic
  • Behcet Syndrome / diagnosis
  • Churg-Strauss Syndrome / diagnosis
  • Female
  • Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis / diagnosis
  • Humans
  • IgA Vasculitis / diagnosis
  • Polyarteritis Nodosa / diagnosis
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications, Cardiovascular*
  • Pregnancy Outcome*
  • Takayasu Arteritis / complications
  • Vasculitis* / diagnosis


  • Antibodies, Antineutrophil Cytoplasmic