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Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
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BRANDT, Hebert Roberto Clivati et al. Small vessel cutaneous vasculitis: subtypes and treatment - Part II. An. Bras. Dermatol. [online]. 2007, vol.82, n.6, pp.499-511. ISSN 1806-4841. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0365-05962007000600002.
Small vessel cutaneous vasculitis refers to a group of disorders usually characterized by palpable purpura, caused by leukocytoclastic vasculitis of postcapillary venules. Vasculitis can range in severity from a self-limited single-organ disorder to a life-threatening disease with the prospect of multiple-organ failure. This group of diseases presents many challenges to the dermatologist, including classification and diagnosis, laboratory workup, treatment, and the need for careful follow-up. This article reviews the subtypes of small vessel cutaneous vasculitis and current treatment options; it also presents a comprehensive approach to diagnosing and treating the patient with suspected cutaneous and systemic vasculitis.
Keywords : Antibodies, antineutrophil cytoplasmic; Purpura; Vasculitis; Vasculitis [classification]; Vasculitis [therapy]; Vasculitis, allergic cutaneous; Vasculitis, hypersensitivity.