What is the prognosis of urticarial vasculitis?

Updated: Jun 07, 2018
  • Author: Darius Mehregan, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Urticarial vasculitis tends to become a chronic condition and patients should be educated about its course. For most patients, this is a disease that affects the skin, with a minority of patients developing systemic complications.

Urticarial vasculitis carries a good prognosis, with most occurrences resolving in months to years. Urticarial vasculitis associated with hypocomplementemia is associated with a greater incidence of coexisting disease (ie, angioedema, connective-tissue disease [primarily SLE], chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). [12, 13] Mortality is rare. Some cohorts have demonstrated systemic involvement in roughly half of the patients, including musculoskeletal and ocular complications. [14]


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