Cutaneous vasculitis: a series of 56 patients

Vahideh Lajevardi, Zahra Hallaji, Iraj Shekari, Arash Shekari, Maedeh Sharifian, Zohreh Khodashenas


Objective To document the clinical features, type of vasculitis and underlying causative factors in cutaneous vasculitis.


Methods In this retrospective study we reviewed the medical records of 56 patients with biopsy-proven cutaneous vasculitis. Age and sex, age of onset, past medical history, recent drug history, laboratory data, site of involvement, symptoms of lesions and pathological findings.


Results Female patients outnumbered males (35 vs. 21). The mean age of onset was 37.7±18.6 year for women and 41.7±16.4 year for men.  Lower extremities were the most frequent affected site (100%). Purpura (58.6%) and papules/plaques (55.4%) were the predominant lesions. The most common type of biopsy proven cutaneous vasculitis was cutaneous leukocytoclastic angiitis followed by vasculitis associated with probable etiology.



Females were frequently affected. The disease predominantly affected lower legs as purpuric or papular eruption. Cutaneous leukocytoclastic angiitis and vasculitis associated with probable etiology were the frequent types.



vasculitis; cutaneous leukocytoclastic vasculitis

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