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Necrotizing vasculitis

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There is no completely satisfactory classification of vasculitic conditions that may cause necrotising vasculitis.

Some conditions that may present in this manner include:

  • polyarteritis nodosa
  • giant cell arteritis
  • granulomatous conditions e.g. Wegener's granulomatosis
  • rheumatic and collagen disease: - rheumatoid arthritis - SLE - rheumatic fever - dermatomyositis - systemic sclerosis
  • leukocytoclastic i.e. neutrophilic infiltrate with nuclear fragmentation: - HSP - erythema nodosum or nodular vasculitis - hypocomplimentaemic vasculitis
  • infective: - septicaemia, septic emboli - cutaneous arteritis during rash of typhus fever, meningococcaemia, scarlatina, etc
  • extension of perivascular inflammation e.g. cellulitis, erysipelas

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