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PO Box 28660
Kansas City, MO 64188
The Vasculitis Foundation (VF) is a voluntary, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and empowering patients through education, awareness and research. Early diagnosis and effective treatment are critical for patients with vasculitis. Through the bimonthly newsletter, website, information packets, 800 telephone number and symposia, VF educates its members and physicians about vasculitis. VF has a network of national and international contacts, chapters and support groups that meet on a quarterly or semi-annual basis. Vasculitis is inflammation of blood vessels. In individuals with vasculitis, inflammation damages the lining of affected blood vessels, causing narrowing, the formation of blood clots (thrombosis), and/or blockage. As a result, there may be restriction of oxygenated blood supply to certain tissues (ischemia), potentially resulting in pain, tissue damage, and, in some cases, malfunction of certain affected organs. Vasculitis may affect veins and arteries of any type or size; may involve a single organ or many organs and tissues of the body; and may be a primary disease process or occur due to or in association with a number of different underlying disorders.
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