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31-12-2015 | Vasculitis | Book Chapter | Article

2. Classification and Epidemiology

Authors: Richard A. Watts, David G. I. Scott, Chetan Mukhtyar

Publisher: Springer International Publishing

Abstract

The classification of vasculitis has been an area of controversy for many years, with specific classification criteria only introduced relatively recently. Kussmaul and Maier [1] provided the first description of “periarteritis nodosa” when they described a patient with a systemic illness characterized by numerous nodules along the course of small muscular arteries.

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