“Vasculitis” is a general term for a group of diseases that involve inflammation in blood vessels. Blood vessels of all sizes may be affected, from the largest vessel in the body (the aorta) to the smallest blood vessels in the skin (capillaries). The size of blood vessel affected varies according to the specific type of vasculitis. There are numerous forms of vasculitis, and most are relatively rare diagnoses.
The Johns Hopkins Vasculitis Center is committed not only to the care of patients with these diseases, but to patient education as well. Most patients who meet us in clinic were not familiar with the disease “vasculitis” prior to their own diagnosis, and are faced with learning an enormous amount of new information as they begin their journey into treatment. This website is intended primarily for patients, to provide information about the diagnosis and treatment of vasculitis, and to inform readers about the Johns Hopkins Vasculitis Center.
We hope you will find this site informative, and we welcome your feedback!