• W. Mitchell SamsJr.
Part of the Comprehensive Immunology book series (COMIMUN, volume 7)


The term “vasculitis,” when literally defined, means “inflammation of a vessel.” There is no indication in the descriptive word “vasculitis” whether the inflammation is within the vessel wall or in the perivascular space. Nor is there any suggestion of the nature of the inflammatory infiltrate, whether it consists of polymorphonuclear leukocytes, monocytes, or lymphocytes. Least of all are there any implied causal agents or pathomechanisms.


Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Giant Cell Arteritis Polyarteritis Nodosa Polymyalgia Rheumatica Temporal Arteritis 
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  • W. Mitchell SamsJr.
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  1. 1.Department of Dermatology, North Carolina Memorial HospitalUniversity of North Carolina School of MedicineChapel HillUSA

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