Nomenclature and classification of vasculitis - update on the ACR/EULAR Diagnosis and Classification of Vasculitis Study (DCVAS)

RA Luqmani, R Suppiah, PC Grayson, PA Merkel, RA Watts

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Classification of vasculitis remains unsatisfactory. This is largely because the pathogenetic mechanisms of this family of related disorders have not been fully understood. Existing classification criteria are useful but limited. This has become more apparent with the advent of more effective and more specific therapies. A rational basis for classification could significantly improve our approach to treatment. The development of diagnostic criteria in vasculitis is an even greater challenge but may ultimately provide more useful for the non-specialist clinician. International efforts are underway to provide more effective classification and diagnostic criteria.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-13
Number of pages3
JournalClinical and Experimental Immunology
Issue numberSuppl 1
Publication statusPublished - May 2011

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