Vasculitis describes an inflammation of certain blood vessels, caused by the immune system. It can be accompanied by a number of conditions with different symptoms, depending on which organ or organ systems are affected. Either the arteries or the veins of any organ can be affected. It can be caused by a hypersensitivity reaction to certain medication or an immunological disease.
Vasculitis is name given for the inflammation of certain blood vessels. Many conditions show through a vasculitis. Those conditions are differentiated depending on which parts of the vascular system, or which organs are affected. The Chapel-Hill-Classification describes vasculitides of the larger vessels (giant cell arteritis, Takayasu-arteritis), vasculitides of the medium vessels (polyarteritis nodosa, Kawasaki disease), vasculitides of the smaller vessels (Wegener’s disease, Churg Strauss Syndrome, anti-GBM disease, Henoch–Schönlein purpura), vasculitides of variable size (Cogan Syndrome, Behcet's disease) and vasculitides of an organ (cutaneous small vessel vasculitis, primary CNS vasculitis). Vasculitis can also occur in combination with other systemic conditions, e.g. rheumatoid diseases or systemic Lupus erythematosus. Vasculitis might as well be caused by a hepatitis B or C infection, by medication or malignant diseases.
It can be seen from the description, that vasculitis is very diverse. As a result, the symptoms caused by the different conditions are equally diverse, however usually include fatigue, fever and pain in the limbs. The discorders all have in common that they damage the body parts affected by the inflammation.
Consequences and treatment depend on the type of vasculitis. Often, the initial treatment includes cortisone or another medication modulating the immune system, to reduce the inflammatory response. The respective treatments for specific conditions can be read in the medical article referring to that condition and it should be discussed with the treating doctor.
Several years of work in academia, medical practice and finally commercialization make it possible to provide an end-to-end process to help users to “find the appropriate medical help based on their present symptoms”. Below you will find a short explanation, showing you which part of the platform will help you best in finding the appropriate medical support.
Proceed as follows to enter your current symptoms.
Click on the appropriate body part on the picture. Select one/multiple symptoms corresponding to your complaint.
You can also add symptoms by typing your medical complaint in the search box and selecting the best matching suggestion.
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Once you have selected all applicable symptoms, click the “analyze disease pattern”-button.
Accordingly, you will get a list of possible diseases and matching doctor categories who can further help you.
You can inform yourself about the possible diseases by reading the related information. But you can also return to the previous step and add more symptoms or delete already added ones to further narrow down your disease pattern.
Click on the desired doctor category to find a doctor who can help you.
If you are logged in with your profile, you will be displayed the appropriate doctors in your area. Otherwise you can enter an address in the “address” field and you will be displayed a doctor’s list around that specified address.
You will receive further information about the displayed doctors when you press on “details”.
Online bookable doctors in your area will be indicated with the notation “Book appointment” or “Book externally”, additionally they will be displayed on top of the list for your convenience.
Click on “Book appointment” to start the online appointment booking process with the desired doctor.
Please select an available appointment. “Green“ appointments are booked directly. “Red“ appointments need to be confirmed by the doctor.
Enter your general personal and health information.
Enter your present medical symptoms.
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