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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 54-58

ANCA-associated vasculitis - Should we change the standard of care?

1 Rheumatology, Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Peterborough, UK
2 Rheumatology, Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Norwich, UK; Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
3 Rheumatology, Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Norwich, UK

Correspondence Address:
Chetan Mukhtyar
Rheumatology, Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Norwich, UK

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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.1016/j.injr.2015.08.003

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Collaborative clinical trials over the last 25 years have revolutionised the care of patients with antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis. This has led to production of management recommendations and standards of care. This paper reviews the existing standards and the recent evidence that has fed further evolution of standards of care. Pattern recognition remains vital to early diagnosis and therefore initiation treatment. While cyclophosphamide remains the treatment of choice, the advent of rituximab has been shown to be beneficial to patients with relapsing disease. It may be safer in young females and those with a risk of urothelial cancers. Methotrexate and mycophenolate mofetil may not be as good as previously thought for inducing remission. Azathioprine and rituximab are the standards for remission maintenance. There have been recent changes to the nomen- clature of vasculitides. It is possible that these will continue to evolve over time to make them more meaningful and inform treatment and prognosis. In the absence of gold- standard biomarkers, we discuss the role of ANCA and histopathology, especially in the Indian setting. Follow-up and monitoring of these patients should include structured evaluation using validated clinical tools, assessing cardiovascular risk, vigilance for infec- tions and other co-morbidities due to exposure to glucocorticoids and immunosuppression.

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