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Dermatologic Manifestations of Urticarial Vasculitis Treatment & Management

  • Author: Darius Mehregan, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
 
Updated: Mar 31, 2016
 

Medical Care

Urticarial vasculitis tends to run a chronic course. Mortality is low, unless renal or pulmonary disease occurs. The goal of treatment is to achieve long-term control with the least amount of toxicity.

A complete patient history is the basis for treatment. In the history, ask for time of onset of the lesions; duration of the lesions (eg, >24 h); whether lesions are painful or burning, rather than pruritic; and the history of resolution with purpura or hyperpigmentation. Inquire about the patient's medications, fever, arthralgia, dyspnea, abdominal pain, and symptoms of angioedema.

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Consultations

Consultation with the following specialists may be needed:

  • Dermatologist: Skin biopsy is evaluated by a dermatologist/dermatopathologist to confirm the diagnosis.
  • Rheumatologist: Consult a rheumatologist when SLE is suspected or if the patient has the hypocomplementemic variant with systemic symptoms.
  • Allergist/immunologist
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Contributor Information and Disclosures
Author

Darius Mehregan, MD Associate Professor, Hermann Pinkus Chairman of Dermatology, Department of Dermatology, Wayne State University School of Medicine; Clinical Associate Professor of Pathology, University of Toledo College of Medicine; Dermatopathologist, Pinkus Dermatopathology Laboratory; Consulting Staff, Department of Dermatology, J Dingell Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Darius Mehregan, MD is a member of the following medical societies: Alpha Omega Alpha, American Academy of Dermatology, American Medical Association, American Society of Dermatopathology, International Society of Dermatology, International Society of Dermatopathology, Phi Beta Kappa, Society for Investigative Dermatology

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Coauthor(s)

Iltefat Hamzavi, MD Resident Physician, Department of Dermatology, Wayne State University School of Medicine

Iltefat Hamzavi, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Dermatology, American Medical Association

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Jennifer Michelle Heyl, MD Resident Physician, Department of Dermatology, Wayne State University School of Medicine

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Rahil M Dharia Wayne State University School of Medicine

Rahil M Dharia is a member of the following medical societies: American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, American Medical Association, American Medical Student Association/Foundation, Association of Students for Hinduism Awareness, Michigan Association of Physicians of Indian Heritage

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Specialty Editor Board

Richard P Vinson, MD Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Dermatology, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L Foster School of Medicine; Consulting Staff, Mountain View Dermatology, PA

Richard P Vinson, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Dermatology, Texas Medical Association, Association of Military Dermatologists, Texas Dermatological Society

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Jeffrey P Callen, MD Professor of Medicine (Dermatology), Chief, Division of Dermatology, University of Louisville School of Medicine

Jeffrey P Callen, MD is a member of the following medical societies: Alpha Omega Alpha, American Academy of Dermatology, American College of Physicians, American College of Rheumatology

Disclosure: Received income in an amount equal to or greater than $250 from: XOMA; Biogen/IDEC; Novartis; Janssen Biotech, Abbvie, CSL pharma<br/>Received honoraria from UpToDate for author/editor; Received honoraria from JAMA Dermatology for associate editor and intermittent author; Received royalty from Elsevier for book author/editor; Received dividends from trust accounts, but I do not control these accounts, and have directed our managers to divest pharmaceutical stocks as is fiscally prudent from Stock holdings in various trust accounts include some pharmaceutical companies and device makers for i inherited these trust accounts; for: Celgene; Pfizer; 3M; Johnson and Johnson; Merck; Abbott Laboratories; AbbVie; Procter and Gamble; Amgen.

Chief Editor

Dirk M Elston, MD Professor and Chairman, Department of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine

Dirk M Elston, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Dermatology

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Additional Contributors

Gregory J Raugi, MD, PhD Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Dermatology, University of Washington at Seattle School of Medicine; Chief, Dermatology Section, Primary and Specialty Care Service, Veterans Administration Medical Center of Seattle

Gregory J Raugi, MD, PhD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Dermatology

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

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Raised erythematous wheals with postinflammatory hyperpigmentations suggest urticarial vasculitis.
A low-power histologic image of urticarial vasculitis shows leukocytoclastic vasculitis with damage to the vessel wall and a neutrophilic infiltrate.
A high-power view of the histology of urticarial vasculitis shows extensive fibrin deposition in the vessel walls. Surrounding the vessels is a mixed infiltrate predominately composed of neutrophils with leukocytoclasis.
 
 
 
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