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Classification and external resources
ICD-10I77.6, I80., L95., M30.-M31.
ICD-9446, 447.6

Vasculitis (plural: vasculitides)[1] is a group of disorders that destroy blood vessels by inflammation.[2] Both arteries and veins are affected. Lymphangitis is sometimes considered a type of vasculitis. Vasculitis is primarily caused by leukocyte migration and resultant damage.

Although both occur in vasculitis, inflammation of veins (phlebitis) or arteries (arteritis) on their own are separate entities.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Vasculitis - Definition from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary". Retrieved 2009-01-08.
  2. "Glossary of dermatopathological terms. DermNet NZ". Retrieved 2009-01-08.