Melissa Snyder, Author at Oncology Nurse Advisor

Melissa Snyder

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Kawasaki Disease

At a Glance Vasculitis is an inflammation of the blood vessel wall. In some cases, the vasculitis may result from immune complex deposition along the vessel wall, leading to a proinflammatory response. Cryoglobulins are antibodies that precipitate from the serum at cold temperatures, then redissolve when the temperature of the serum increases. Cryoglobulins can cause…

Wegener's Granulmatosis (WG)

At a Glance Vasculitis is an inflammation of the blood vessel wall. The various systemic vasculitides are often categorized based on the size of the involved blood vessels, namely small, medium, and large vessels. Wegener’s granulomatosis (WG), microscopic polyangiitis (MPA), and Churg-Strauss syndrome (CSS) are referred to as small-vasculitides. They are also known as ANCA-associated…

Polyarteritis Nodosa (PAN)

At a Glance Vasculitis is an inflammation of the blood vessel wall. The various systemic vasculitides are often categorized based on the size of the involved blood vessels, namely small-, medium-, and large-sized vessels. Polyarteritis nodosa (PAN) is referred to as medium-sized vessel vasculitis and is associated with necrotic inflammation medium-sized arteries. In addition, inflammation…

Giant Cell (Temporal) Arteritis (GCA)

At a Glance Vasculitis is an inflammation of the blood vessel wall. The various systemic vasculitides are often categorized based on the size of the involved blood vessels, namely small-, medium-, and large-sized vessels. Giant cell arteritis (GCA) and Takayasu arteritis (TA) are referred to as large vessel vasculitides. In addition to the immune activation…

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