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Disease Information : Vasculitis : Diagnosis

Vasculitis : Diagnosis

How is Vasculitis diagnosed?

Establishing the diagnosis of vasculitis is not easy as the signs and symptoms may vary greatly. The diagnosis is a result of a combination of symptoms, laboratory tests, biopsy and/or angiography. There is no laboratory test that alone confirms the diagnosis of vasculitis, but certain tests may be helpful.

A biopsy is performed in most cases, as it is considered the gold standard test for vasculitis. However, it is not always feasible. Medium and large vessels are not accessible to biopsy unless the patient undergoes a surgical procedure. The biopsy results may also be affected by several factors including what organ is subject to biopsy, the sampling method used and the operator’s skills and experience.

Vasculitis section was last modified: December 21, 2010 - 06:09 pm

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