Cardiovascular involvement in primary systemic vasculitis.
The primary systemic vasculitides are a group of autoimmune conditions characterised by occlusion, stenosis or aneurysmal dilatation of blood vessels secondary to intra-mural inflammation. Current therapy has converted the outlook of these diseases from death or severe morbidity to a remitting-relapsing condition in most instances. Longer survival, relapsing course of disease and chronic glucocorticoid therapy probably contribute to an increase in cardiovascular events and morbidity. This art...Expand abstract
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