Vasculitis is an encompassing term that is used to refer to a group of uncommon diseases that are evidenced by inflammation of your blood vessels. Vasculitis is characterized by inflammation in and damage to the walls of various blood vessels in your body.
The blood vessels of your body are what make up your vascular system. Your blood vessels are composed of arteries that transport oxygen-rich blood to your body’s tissues and veins that carry back oxygen-depleted blood from your tissues to your lungs for oxygen.
Each one of this group of diseases is marked by certain patterns of particular organ involvement, distribution of blood vessel involvement and laboratory test abnormalities. As a group, these diseases are known as vasculitides.
Microscopic polyarteritis is one of these types of vasculitis. However, it was not until 1944 that microscopic polyarteritis was recognized as a disease that is distinct from polyarteritis nodosa. Microscopic polyarteritis has also been confused with Wegener’s granulomatosis (WG), cutaneous leukocytoclastic angiitis and other diseases.
Microscopic polyarteritis is a form of vasculitis where there is inflammation of your small and medium vessel walls. This disease may affect many of the organ systems of your body. This includes, but is not limited to, your peripheral nervous system, skin, lungs and kidneys.
Microscopic polyarteritis may affect people regardless of gender, ethnic background or age. However, the ones who are most often affected by this disease are middle-aged white males or females.
At the present time, what causes microscopic polyarteritis is not known. However, researchers think that it is an autoimmune disease. An autoimmune disease is one in which for some unknown reason your immune system mistakenly attacks your own body cells and tissues.
Because microscopic polyangiitis can affect so many of your body’s systems, there are many different signs and symptoms that you may have with microscopic polyarteritis. This is due to the fact that it can affect so many of your body’s systems. Possible signs and symptoms include:
- Problems with your lungs
- Skin lesions
- Unintended weight loss
- Irritation of your eyes
- Inflammation of your kidneys
- Muscle and joint pains and aches
- Nerve damage
- Malaise (general feeling of not being well).
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