Irish Journal of Medical Science

, Volume 179, Issue 3, pp 435–437 | Cite as

Acute type II cryoglobulinaemic vasculitis mimicking atherosclerotic peripheral vascular disease

Case Report


Atherosclerotic peripheral vascular disease is a common presenting cause for digital ischaemia in life long smokers. Acute severe Type II Cryoglobulinaemic vasculitis is a rare yet important cause, which may present with similar clinical features and which if undiagnosed may be rapidly fatal. Following the instigation of therapy with intravenous methylprednisolone and cyclophosphamide this patient made an excellent recovery.


Atherosclerotic peripheral vascular disease Cryoglobulinaemic vasculitis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mid Western Regional Hospital LimerickIreland 

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