Cutaneous Vasculitis

  • T. J. Ryan
  • S. M. Burge
Part of the Current Topics in Pathology book series (CT PATHOLOGY, volume 74)


Over the course of two centuries the problem of cutaneus vasculitis has been recognised, discussed ad nauseam and it has evolved into a relatively clear picture of a disease process or reaction pattern. The physical signs which are recognised by the clinician now include urticaria, purpura, vesiculation and infarction and affect the skin with varied intensity, depth or distribution creating a number of named syndromes. Terms such as erythema nodosum, Henoch Schonlein purpura, or Wegener’s granulomatosus are used for communication between the physicians and any colleague who knows the language. Complete understanding of the language requires definitions and therein is the greatest difficulty because reaction patterns are varied and the grouping of physical signs show overlap. The more these patterns are artifically separated from one another, so the more complicated their classification becomes and the more uncertain the appropriateness of the definitions (Ryan 1976; Ryan and Wilkinson 1985; Wolff and Winkelmann 1980; Cupps and Fauci 1981; Alarcon-Segovia 1980; Braverman 1981; Winlelmann 1980; Copeman 1983).


Pyoderma Gangrenosum Polyarteritis Nodosa Henoch Schonlein Purpura Erythema Multiforme Cutaneous Vasculitis 
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