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Long-term damage assessment in patients with microscopic polyangiitis and renal-limited vasculitis using the Vasculitis Damage Index.
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PMID:  23355057     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
OBJECTIVES: The Vasculitis Damage Index (VDI) is used to define the degree of damage occurring in patients with systemic vasculitis. We conducted a retrospective study of 30 patients with microscopic polyangiitis (MPA) and renal-limited vasculitis (RLV). METHODS: The clinical data and VDI of the 30 patients enrolled in the study were collected and assessed for a period of 5 years. RESULT: The VDI score, which was 2.5 at 1 year after the initial diagnosis, increased gradually to 4.3 at 5 years post-diagnosis. The degrees of musculoskeletal and ocular damage significantly increased during the 5-year period (p = 0.001 and p = 0.002, respectively). The most frequent damage items in the VDI were cataract (13 %), hypertension (12 %), diabetes mellitus (9 %), and osteoporosis (6 %). The VDI score was significantly higher in the groups of patients who showed relapse or MPA than in the groups of patients who did not show relapse or RLV at 5 years (p = 0.02 and p = 0.03, respectively). In addition, a significant correlation was found between the VDI score at 5 years and the Birmingham Vasculitis Activity Score at diagnosis (p = 0.04, r = 0.4). CONCLUSION: The VDI was found to be a useful tool for determining the severity of damage caused by disease and the effects of treatment. The individual contributions of the VDI items may also be applied to treatment decisions.
Mitsuyo Itabashi; Takashi Takei; Takahito Moriyama; Syunji Shiohira; Ari Shimizu; Yuki Tsuruta; Keiko Uchida; Kosaku Nitta
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-29
Journal Detail:
Title:  Modern rheumatology / the Japan Rheumatism Association     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1439-7609     ISO Abbreviation:  Mod Rheumatol     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-1-28     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  100959226     Medline TA:  Mod Rheumatol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Medicine, Kidney Center, Tokyo Women's Medical University, 8-1 Kawada-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 162-8666, Japan,
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