Indore: Need to raise awareness among masses

Indore: Vasculitis is an under-diagnosed and misdiagnosed disease. Many symptoms are similar to tuberculosis, which causes confusion during diagnosis. Rheumatologist Dr SN Amin from Mumbai stated this while addressing India’s first conference on, ‘Vasculitis and rheumatological emergencies’, organised by Indian Medical Association and Association of Orthopedic Society Indore at Hotel Indore Marriott on Sunday.

More than 350 delegates, 18 rheumatologists and 70 post graduate (PG) students of paediatrics and medicine departments attended the national conference to discuss medical problems related to vasculitis and rheumatology.  Conference secretary Dr Saurabh Malviya said conference is aimed at increasing awareness regarding vasculitis and rheumatology-related emergencies among general physicians. A discussion on rheumatic disorders in children and pregnant women was also conducted. He said a quiz on rheumatologic diseases and emergencies was organised for the PG students for which 22 teams were formed and winners were felicitated by the chief guest Dr PS Hardia and former dean of MGM medical college Dr Sharad Thora.

What is vasculitis?
Vasculitis is a group of disorders that destroys blood vessels by inflammation. Arteries and veins are affected. It causes changes in blood vessel walls including thickening, weakening, narrowing or scarring. These changes can restrict blood flow, resulting in organ and tissue damage.

Symptoms of vasculitis
Patient suffers from weight loss and reason is unknown
Prolonged fever persists but exact reason is unknown
Red spots on legs and sole
Significant difference in blood pressure when measured from both the arms
Difference in pulse rate when measured at different parts of the body
Bleeding from nose
Blood spots in sputum and stool

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