48. Neurologic Damage of Vasculitis

  1. Gary S. Hoffman MD, MS2,
  2. Cornelia M. Weyand MD, PhD3,
  3. Carol A. Langford MD, MHS2 and
  4. Jörg J. Goronzy MD, PhD3
  1. C. David Lin MD

Published Online: 3 MAY 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118355244.ch48

Inflammatory Diseases of Blood Vessels, Second Edition

Inflammatory Diseases of Blood Vessels, Second Edition

How to Cite

Lin, C. D. (2012) Neurologic Damage of Vasculitis, in Inflammatory Diseases of Blood Vessels, Second Edition (eds G. S. Hoffman, C. M. Weyand, C. A. Langford and J. J. Goronzy), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118355244.ch48

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Department of Rheumatic and Immunologic Diseases, Center for Vasculitis Care and Research, Cleveland Clinic, Lerner College of Medicine, Cleveland, OH, USA

  2. 3

    Department of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, USA

Author Information

  1. Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 3 MAY 2012
  2. Published Print: 8 JUN 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444338225

Online ISBN: 9781118355244



  • Vasculitis;
  • neuropathy;
  • central nervous system;
  • peripheral nervous system;
  • rehabilitation


Vasculitic diseases can affect any organ system including the peripheral nervous system and the central nervous system. Neurologic manifestations of vasculitis can range from headaches and visual disturbances to numbness and paralysis. An acute exacerbation is described as worsening neurologic function after a period of stability. In addition to aggressive treatments with immunosuppressive and cytotoxic medications to limit nervous system damage, rehabilitation techniques and pain management are important to maximize functional recovery.