Can Vasculitis Go Away?

Question

I had a MRI that showed damage to the brain. I had a Second MRI and a MRA both confirming. The resulting opinion being vasculitis. Opinion of physician being I had it. I got over it. The end. I am uncomfortable that : No understanding of how I got it. Why would it just stop on it’s own? Will it come back? Is this an early sign of more things to come that could be treated now? I have aches and pains especially in thumb areas and feel it is a form of arthritis, are the two connected?

Answer

Vasculitis is a tough, complicated illness. You need a thorough evaluation by a rheumatologist to answer your questions. Seek another opinion if necessary. General information can be found on the Johns Hopkins Vasculitis website.

Alan Matsumoto, M.D.

About Alan Matsumoto, M.D.

Part-time Faculty, Division of Rheumatology
Johns Hopkins University