How is a diagnosis of rheumatoid vasculitis made?

The doctor will suspect the diagnosis based on symptoms of rash, numbness or tingling of the hands or feet, skin ulcers, cough and shortness of breath, chest pain, abdominal pain, or stroke symptoms. An electrical test of nerve function (EMG) is sometimes done to study the numbness and tingling sensations in the arms and legs. Biopsy of the skin or other symptomatic organs is sometimes necessary.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 02/28/2019.


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