By Gary M. White, MD

Rheumatoid vasculitis

Rheumatoid vasculitis (RV) is a necrotizing vasculitis of medium-size vessels occuring in a patient with rheumatoid arthritis.


Deep cutaneous ulcers are most typical. Cutaneous features may range from in indolent skin disease (e.g. nail fold infarcts, petechia and livedo reticularis) to a life-threatening multiorgan vasculitis resembling polyarteritis nodosa (e.g. with necrotic ulcers, digital gangrene and mononeuritis multiplex).


Referral to a rheumatologist is in order.

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Rheumatoid vasculitis


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