Vasculitic neuropathies

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By Jaya R Trivedi MD

The vasculitides are a group of heterogeneous disorders that present with a variable and complex clinical picture. Debates over clinical versus pathological approaches to classification abound in the literature, all these, with recognized limitations given the variable clinical presentations and the overlap between the recognized diagnostic entities. Peripheral neuropathy is an important, and often the presenting clinical feature of the vasculitides. Its recognition can be critical to attain an early diagnosis in these disorders where the ultimate outcome can be greatly influenced by early therapeutic intervention.