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Who Is at Risk for Vasculitis?

Vasculitis can affect people of all ages and races and both sexes. Some types of vasculitis seem to occur more often in people who:

  • Have certain medical conditions, such as chronic hepatitis B or C infection
  • Have certain autoimmune diseases, such a lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and scleroderma
  • Smoke

For more information, go to "Types of Vasculitis."

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Vasculitis Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are research studies that explore whether a medical strategy, treatment, or device is safe and effective for humans. To find clinical trials that are currently underway for Vasculitis, visit

September 23, 2014 Last Updated Icon

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