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Revista argentina de reumatología

Print version ISSN 0327-4411On-line version ISSN 2362-3675


GARCIA, Nadia Paula et al. Cutaneous vasculitis: etiology and clinical characteristics in adult patients at a third-level center. Rev. argent. reumatolg. [online]. 2021, vol.32, n.1, pp.21-25. ISSN 0327-4411.

Background: Various clinical entities, such as autoimmune diseases, infections, neoplasms and drugs can manifest with vasculitic lesions on the skin. Due to the heterogeneity of causes, they often represent a diagnostic challenge. The aim of this study is to describe the etiology of cutaneous vasculitis (CV) and to assess the clinical, histological and laboratory characteristics found in these patients. Material and methods: A retrospective study was carried out with a review of the medical records of patients over 16 years old with CV by clinical and/or histological diagnosis evaluated in the period 2010-2018. Results: 74 patients were included. 69% are women with a mean age at diagnosis of 41 years (SD 16.5, range 16-75). The most frequent causes associated with CVs were autoimmune diseases (AID) in 50% of the patients evaluated. In 29.7% of the cases, an underlying cause could not be identified. In 2.7% of the cases it was associated with neoplasms, another 2.7% with drugs, and 12% with other etiologies. 76% of the patients presented non-severe clinical forms, with palpable purpura predominant in 65% of the cases. Among the biopsied patients, 76% were leukocytoclastic vasculitis (LCV). As associated extracutaneous manifestations, joint involvement predominated (43.2%). In vasculitis associated with AID, 33% presented renal involvement, while this was not observed in any of the patients with idiopathic vasculitis. 78% of the patients received systemic glucocorticoids. Conclusion: In our center, the most common etiology of CV was associated with AID. Most of the patients were women. Clinically, non-severe skin manifestations predominated and VLC was the most frequent finding in biopsies.

Keywords : Vasculitis; Etiology; Clinic Manifestations; Adults; Tertiary Hospitals.

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