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All Diseases > IgA Vasculitis

IgA Vasculitis

Alternative Names: Henoch-Schonlein purpura

Disease Category: Vasculitis Disorders

A rare, immune system disorder characterized by accumulation of immunoglobulin A (a specific antibody protein) in small blood vessels. This causes inflammation and leakage of blood, affecting the skin, joints, digestive tract, kidneys, and, rarely, the nervous system and lungs. The most common symptom is purpura (a red or purple skin rash). Severe cases may lead to acute kidney injuries that progress to chronic kidney disease.

Research groups studying this disease

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Vasculitis Clinical Research Consortium (VCRC)

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Supports and advances the cause of vasculitis patients, researchers, and healthcare professionals.