Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Vasculitis Can Be Fatal

Monday, 30 Jan 2012 09:27 AM

Dear Dr. Hibberd: A friend has been in the hospital for three months with “vasculitis.” Her doctors say she has only a 1 percent chance of survival. Is there anything that can be done to cure her?

Vasculitis is an inflammation of the blood vessels. Vasculitis causes changes in the walls of blood vessels, including thickening, weakening, narrowing and scarring. The resulting shortage of blood can result in organ and tissue damage, even death. By your question, it seems her condition is quite serious. It is important to know the cause of her vasculitis and what treatment was given to her.

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Vaculitis is an inflammation of the blood vessels.

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