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Anales de la Facultad de Ciencias Médicas (Asunción)

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RE M, Lorena; DI MARTINO, B; RODRIGUEZ MAIS, M  y  BOLLA, L. Systemic vasculitis with cutaneous involvement, in the Department of Dermatology, Faculty of Medical Sciences, National University of Asuncion. An. Fac. Cienc. Méd. (Asunción) [online]. 2017, vol.50, n.2, pp.23-34. ISSN 1816-8949.


Systemic vasculitis has multiple and varied organ involvement; Ranging from benign to deadly. Its clinical manifestations, treatment and prognosis will depend on the vessel involved, and on the extent and location of the lesion.


To determine epidemiological, clinical, and histopathological characteristics, and the treatment of systemic vasculitis with cutaneous manifestations in the Department of Dermatology Hospital of Clinics, FCM-UNA.

Materials and Methods:

A descriptive, observational, retrospective, cross-sectional study with an analytical component from January 2004 to December 2015. A spreadsheet was drawn up to record the variables obtained from clinical and histopathological records.


We found 11 patients with systemic vasculitis with cutaneous involvement, (0,0098% of the consultations). The male sex predominated (63,63%). The mean age was 30.18 years. 18,18% were children, all of them male. The most frequent elemental lesion was the papule (72,72%), the predominant location, lower limbs (72,72%). The most frequent symptoms were abdominal pain (63,63%) and arthralgia (54,54%). The 81.81% corresponded to vasculitis of small vessels. In 72,72%, the inflammatory component was neutrophils. 72,72% corresponded to Shönlein-Henoch purpura (PSH), 18,18% to Microscopic Polyangeitis (PAM), and 9,09% to Granulomatosis with Polyangeitis (GPA). In 72,72%, the treatment was Prednisone.


Since this pathology is infrequent, with few studies that have studied its epidemiology, this work, with its limitations, could contribute for future studies.

Palabras clave : systemic vasculitis; cutaneous vasculitis; epidemiology.

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