Leukocytoclastic Vasculitis and Getting Benefits
The vascular system of your body is composed of your blood vessels. Your blood vessels, in turn, are made up of your arteries and veins. Your arteries take oxygen-rich blood from your lungs to all of the cells and tissues of your body. Your veins carry back oxygen-depleted blood from your tissues and cells to your lungs to get more oxygen.
Vasculitis is much more than one single disease. Vasculitis includes a group of uncommon diseases that are marked by inflammation in and damage to the walls of different blood vessels throughout your body. Each one of this category of diseases is evidenced by distribution of blood vessel involvement, laboratory test abnormalities and certain patterns of particular organ involvement. Collectively, these diseases are known as vasculitides.
What is Leukocytoclastic vasculitis?
It is one of the many forms of vasculitis. Leukocytoclastic vasculitis is hypersensitivity to a foreign drug or substance of some kind. This leads to inflammation and damage to the blood vessels of your skin.
Leukocytoclastic vasculitis is a rare disease. Somewhere around 6 in every 100,000 people in the United States are afflicted with leukocytoclastic vasculitis. The majority of the people with leukocytoclastic vasculitis are over the age of 15.
Leukocytoclastic vasculitis is known by other names. It is also referred to as hypersensitivity vasculitis, allergic vasculitis and cutaneous vasculitis.
Causes and symptoms of Leukocytoclastic vasculitis
As mentioned earlier, leukocytoclastic vasculitis is caused by hypersensitivity or an allergic reaction to some type of drug or other foreign substance. However, even if you have a complete medical history, doctors do not know what causes this hypersensitivity or allergic reaction to occur.
There are several signs and symptoms that you may experience with leukocytoclastic vasculitis. Some of these may include:
- Blisters that develop on your skin
- Red or purple discolorations that begin to take place on your skin
- Urticaria (hives) that may stay on your skin for longer than one day
- The formation of skin lesions that are usually located on your trunk, legs or buttocks
- Necrotic ulcers (these are open sores with dead tissue)
Diagnosis Procedures and treatments to help determine Leukocytoclastic vasculitis
Your doctor will probably do a complete physical exam, ask about your signs and symptoms and want to know your medical history in order to diagnose your leukocytoclastic vasculitis. Your diagnosis is also determined by how your skin appears after you have taken a certain medication or been exposed to a foreign substance. There are some diagnostic procedures and tests that your doctor may want you to have in order for a definitive diagnosis to be made. Some of these are:
- Blood tests
- Urine test
- Biopsy (tissue sample) of your affected tissue
- ESR test (sedimentary rate test)
Treatment for leukocytoclastic vasculitis is aimed at reducing your inflammation. Corticosteroids are usually the treatment of choice to accomplish this goal. However, taking corticosteroids over a long period of time can lower your resistance to infections. Your doctor may also ask you to stop taking the medication that is resulting in your leukocytoclastic vasculitis.
Usually, leukocytoclastic vasculitis resolves itself over a period of time. However, there are complications that can develop as a result of leukocytoclastic vasculitis. Some of the possible complications include inflammation of your blood vessels that may damage your internal organs, infections and permanent damage to your blood vessels or skin, which may include scarring.
Do you need legal help for a leukocytoclastic vasculitis disability claim?
You may be suffering with leukocytoclastic vasculitis. Leukocytoclastic vasculitis and/or complications that have been brought about by it may have resulted in your disability and be the reason why you cannot work.
As a result, you may have applied for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. Did the Social Security Administration rejected your application? If you were denied disability benefits for Leukocytoclastic Vasculitis, complete our free form to speak to an experienced attorney in your area.
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