A deeper understanding of ANCA-associated vasculitis may reveal new possibilities for its management. Find out what ANCA-associated vasculitis is, how it develops, and why understanding its impact matters.
Anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis is a group of rare diseases that leads to the blood vessels in your body becoming inflamed. This reduces the flow of blood to important organs, like the kidneys, and can cause organ damage. The 2 most common sub-types of ANCA-associated vasculitis are:
While the exact cause of ANCA-associated vasculitis isn’t known yet, researchers have identified a key process that eventually worsens the inflammation of blood vessels:
Without timely and appropriate treatment, ANCA-associated vasculitis can lead to serious complications, including:
While ANCA-associated vasculitis is a serious condition, it is treatable. Your doctor will work with you to develop a treatment plan that’s right for you.
Remember—your doctor is your best resource. Talk to your doctor about available treatment options, resources to help you learn more about managing the impact of your symptoms, or any questions you may have about ANCA-associated vasculitis.
Typically, people who have been diagnosed with ANCA-associated vasculitis are treated with glucocorticoids, which are a group of steroids that have anti-inflammatory effects. However, long-term treatment with glucocorticoids can lead to debilitating side effects.
While your doctor is always your best resource when it comes to your symptoms or their treatment, there are other organizations that can offer support, education, and resources that may help you or your loved one. Visit their websites to learn more.
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