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The Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network is an NIH-funded research network of 20 active consortia or research groups working to advance treatment for diseases that are rare. Use the search tools on this page to find the diseases we currently study. You can reach out to the indicated consortia or research groups for more information on those diseases and studies underway.

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All Diseases > Cutaneous vasculitis

Cutaneous vasculitis

Disease Category: Vasculitis Disorders

A rare disorder characterized by inflammation or necrosis (tissue death) of blood vessel walls and skin lesions. Skin lesions commonly come and go, affecting the back, hands, buttocks, lower extremities, and inner forearms. Symptoms include intense itching, skin ulceration, blisters, darkened spots, scarring, fever, joint and muscle pain, and malaise (general discomfort).

Research groups studying this disease

Vasculitis Disorders
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Vasculitis Clinical Research Consortium (VCRC)

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