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All Diseases > 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
Vasculitis Clinical Research Consortium (VCRC)View Disease Definition
Vasculitis Foundation Canada
Vasculitis Foundation Canada encourages and supports research efforts for the cause and cure for all forms of Vasculitis.
Lauren Currie Twilight Foundation
We raise awareness of vasculitis, fund research and provide support to people with vasculitis in the UK.
Supports and advances the cause of vasculitis patients, researchers, and healthcare professionals.