About Vasculitis

Types of Vasculitis (by size of arteries affected)

The vasculitic diseases are usually classified according to the predominant size of vessel involved.


Detailed information on the individual vasculitides can be found under Individual Diseases

  • Vasculitis mainly affecting large arteries
  • Giant Cell Arteritis/Temporal Arteritis (GCA)
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR)
  • Takayasu Arteritis (TA)
  • Vasculitis mainly affecting middle sized arteries
  • Polyarteritis Nodosa (PAN)
  • Kawasaki Disease (KD
  • ANCA associated vasculitis
  • Churg Strauss Syndrome (CSS) now renamed: Eosinophillic Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis (EGPA)
  • Microscopic Polyangiitis (MPA)
  • Wegener's Granulomatosis (WG) now renamed: Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis (GPA)
  • Non-ANCA vasculitis
  • Henoch-Schönlein Purpura (HSP)
  • Less common vasculitides
  • Behçet's Disease (BD)
  • Buerger's Disease
  • Central Nervous System Vasculitis (CNS)/Primary Angiitis of the Central Nervous System (PACNS)
  • Cogan's Syndrome
  • Cryoglobulinemia and Cryoglobulinaemic Vasculitis
  • Hypersensitivity Vasculitis (HSV)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) (secondary vasculitis)

Further reading

An excellent video that explains very clearly and graphically, the different types of vasculitis by the size of the blood vessels involved, from the Khan Academy in the USA.

Khan Academy.

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Rare Autoimmune Rheumatic Diseases Alliance Update

31 Aug 2018

RAIRDA Autoimmune Rheumatic Disease Alliance

Vasculitis UK Charity Ball

28 Aug 2018

A date for your diary

Vasculitis Fellowships

17 Aug 2018


Workshop in Nottingham

06 Oct 2018

Lincolnshire Support Group Meeting

06 Oct 2018

Bournemouth Half Marathon

07 Oct 2018

Cardiff Half Marathon

07 Oct 2018

Running to raise awareness of vasculitis

West Midlands Vasculitis Support Meeting

07 Oct 2018

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