A primary vasculitis limited to the CNS is referred to as primary angiitis of the CNS (PACNS). A generalized systemic vasculitic process can also involve the CNS, and in such cases, it is referred to as secondary vasculitis of the CNS. The symptoms include:
• Strokes/transient ischemic attack
• Behavioral changes
• Focal motor/sensory abnormalities
• Cranial neuropathies
• Visual changes
HOW IS PRIMARY ANGIITIS DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of Primary Angiitis is done by a general physician who would do a scan followed by an MRI to check for the damage caused.
HOW IS PRIMARY ANGIITIS TREATED?
The treatment for Primary Angiitis poses the same challenge as the diagnosis and a perfect diagnosis is critical. Oral medication is what the doctors prefer to employ to bring the condition under control and more than the actual medication, periodical monitoring through MRI tests to know that the nervous system is recovering.
DID YOU KNOW?
This problem may start off on a mild note but tends to get worse with time and hence treatment should not be delayed.