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Incidence of primary systemic vasculitides in Vilnius: a university hospital population based study
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  1. J Dadoniene1,2,
  2. G Kirdaite1,
  3. Z Mackiewicz1,4,
  4. A Rimkevicius1,
  5. G Haugeberg3
  1. 1Institute of Experimental and Clinical Medicine at Vilnius University, Lithuania
  2. 2Vilnius University Faculty of Medicine, Vilnius, Lithuania
  3. 3Sorlandet Hospital, Kristiansand, Norway
  4. 4Department of Cell Biology, University of Opole, Poland
  1. Correspondence to:
    Associate Professor J Dadoniene
    Institute of Experimental and Clinical Medicine at Vilnius University, Vilnius, Lithuania, Zygimantu 9, Vilnius, LT-2600; jolanta.dadonieneekmi.vu.lt

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As knowledge of the epidemiology of primary systemic vasculitides (PSV) is fragmentary, we attempted to investigate the incidence of temporal arteritis (TA), Takayasu’s arteritis (TAA), polyarteritis nodosa (PAN), Wegener’s granulomatosis (WG), Churg-Strauss syndrome (CSS), Henoch-Schönlein purpura (HSP), and hypersensitivity vasculitis (HSV) in Vilnius according to the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) 1990 criteria and to compare the data with the results from selected European studies.1

To be included in this study the patients had to (a) have been diagnosed with systemic vasculitides in the 10 year period from 1990 to 1999 and (b) have been resident in Vilnius at the time of diagnosis. Patients referred to Vilnius University Hospital rheumatology department were prospectively included in the study. Also, the patients’ registration books from tertiary nephrology, dermatology, and …

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