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Kidney Biopsies Help Predict End-Stage Disease in Older ANCA-Associated Vasculitis Patients

by Iqra Mumal A kidney biopsy is valuable in establishing a diagnosis and prognosis for end-stage renal disease in older patients with ANCA-associated vasculitis who have kidney involvement, although they are not useful for predicting overall survival, a study shows. “Prognosis and Histological Classification in Elderly Patients with ANCA-Glomerulonephritis: A…...

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Vaccines Can Provide Myriad Benefits for People With Vasculitis

Once your immune system is trained to resist a disease, you are said to be immune to it. Before vaccines, the only way to become immune to a disease was to actually get it and, with luck, survive it. This is called naturally acquired immunity. With naturally acquired immunity, you…...

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TAPIR Trial Recruiting Patients Who Take Rituximab

The Assessment of Prednisone in Remission (TAPIR) Trial has recently expanded its eligibility criteria to enroll patients that have recently taken or are currently taking Rituximab. What we are studying: The TAPIR trial is a clinical trial for patients who have granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA, also known as Wegener’s granulomatosis)…...

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How to Balance School and Vasculitis: Perspectives from Students and Parents

Lori Larson and son, Matt Larson by Ed Becker Being a young adult with vasculitis is challenging enough, but trying to navigate through school while managing the illness demands extraordinary skills. We asked a cross-section of young adult patients (and some parents) how they found the balance between health and…...

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Pathway to Diagnosis (P2D) Plans an Innovative Study with the Goal of Reducing Delays in Diagnosis

P2D Objective Using big data to accurately predict a diagnosis using predictive analytics and machine learning methods. The Reality: Delays in diagnosis for patients with vasculitis Despite remarkable medical advances, diagnostic delays for patients with vasculitis remain extremely common and are a major cause of increased morbidity and mortality. This…...

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