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Day in and day out, tens of thousands of miles of blood vessels carry oxygen and nutrients to every part of your child’s body. When blood vessels become inflamed -- a condition called vasculitis -- it can slow or even shut down these vital deliveries. Vasculitis is generally rare in children, but when it occurs doctors take it very seriously, because of its potential for damaging still-growing organs and tissues.
While vasculitis can’t be prevented or cured, it can go into remission -- meaning the disease is not active, and its signs and symptoms go away. With early diagnosis and the right treatment, the vast majority of children with vasculitis can achieve remission and go on to lead full and normal lives.
How Children’s Hospital Boston approaches vasculitis
Children’s is famed as a national referral center for Kawasaki disease, and most of the current therapies for this illnesses were either initiated or validated here. But we successfully treat many other kinds of childhood vasculitis as well, building on these strengths:
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