Arthritis is sometimes misdiagnosed as Vasculitis

It has been reported that some patients have been misdiagnosed with Vasculitis, when in fact the correct diagnosis in their specific case was Arthritis.

Treatment of arthritis is aimed on making symptoms better as well as increasing joint function. Treatment options vary and the patient may need to try several options to determine the best working approach. Treatment includes medications. Physical therapy and surgery. For diagnosis, the doctor will do a physical examination to check for signs of abnormalities in the joints mainly swelling, warmth and redness. The doctor will also analyse joint movement. Pinpointing the type of arthritis is done via blood, urine and joint fluid tests. Imaging tests can check the joints for other conditions that may be causing the symptoms.

Always consult your doctor or health professional, and do not self diagnose.

Symptoms can include:

Joint stiffness, reduced movement of a joint, joint swelling, joint redness and warmth, pain

Symptoms are a guideline only and may apply to either the diagnosis or the reported misdiagnosis, or both. Consult your specialist for further information.

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