Vasculitis in Geriatric Patients

  • Nages Nagaratnam
  • Kujan Nagaratnam
  • Gary Cheuk
Reference work entry


The chapter provides an overview of vasculitis, the prevalence, and mechanisms followed by the clinical management. The incidence of vasculitis is increasing. Of the specific vasculitis, giant cell arteritis of the elderly is the commonest. A useful classification is one based on the size of the vessel, namely, small vessel, small-medium size, and medium to large vessel size affected, although overlap is common. The terms for Wegener’s granulomatosis, Churg-Strauss syndrome, and Henoch-Scholein purpura are changed to granulomatosis with polyangitis (GPA), eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangitis (EGPA), and IgA vasculitis for Wegener’s granulomatosis, Churg-Strauss, and Henoch-Scholein, respectively. There are several mechanisms involved in the vascular inflammation, namely, immune complex disease, antibody-mediated disease, antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity, and endothelial activation, among others. Vasculitis may be primary or secondary. Any part of the body could be affected. The treatment will be very much determined by a careful evaluation, the cause, the extent, and severity of the disease. In the very elderly, vasculitic syndromes have a bad prognosis, majority deteriorating suddenly leading to death or severe functional impairment.


Vasculitis Primary secondary vasculitis International Chapel Hill Consensus Conference (CHCC) ANCA associated vasculitides Giant cell arteritis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nages Nagaratnam
    • 1
  • Kujan Nagaratnam
    • 1
  • Gary Cheuk
    • 2
  1. 1.The University of SydneyWestmead Clinical SchoolWestmeadAustralia
  2. 2.Rehabilitation and Aged Care ServiceBlacktown-Mt Druitt HospitalMount DruittAustralia

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