Vasculitis

Vasculitis means inflammation (swelling) of the blood vessels. Inflammation is your immune system's natural response to injury or infection. It can help the body deal with invading germs. In vasculitis, however, for some reason the immune system attacks healthy blood vessels, causing them to become swollen and narrow. Kidneys are often affected by vasculitis. This is a serious condition.

If vasculitis in the kidney is suspected, you will need a blood and urine test. One of our doctors would normally recommend a kidney biopsy (where a small sample of the kidney is taken) to confirm the diagnosis and to help plan treatment.

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To contact Renal Day Case, call 01392 404792/4791.

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Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford) 

Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford)

Barrack Road

Exeter

EX2 5DW

The main kidney unit is based in the Renal Day Case/Sid Ward, at the end of E link corridor.

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Last updated: November 15, 2022