Cookies on this website

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you click 'Accept all cookies' we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies and you won't see this message again. If you click 'Reject all non-essential cookies' only necessary cookies providing core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility will be enabled. Click 'Find out more' for information on how to change your cookie settings.

OBJECTIVES: To assess self-reported symptoms of neuropathy, disability, pain, health-related quality of life (HR-QOL), and autonomic dysfunction in patients with vasculitis. METHODS: Patients with vasculitis (with or without neuropathy) were invited by Vasculitis UK to complete an anonymous online survey. RESULTS: 312 patients (71% female) responded. Median age was 61-70 years. Median duration of vasculitis was 4 years (<2 months to > 15 years). Vasculitic types included granulomatosis with polyangiitis (34%), unspecified ANCA-associated vasculitis (13%), microscopic polyangiitis (11%), eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (11%), giant cell arteritis (10%), non-systemic vasculitic neuropathy (2%), and other (19%). Many patients reported foot/hand symptoms suggestive of neuropathy, including numbness (64%), pain (54%), or weakness (40%). 242 patients (78%) met our definition of probable vasculitic neuropathy: diagnosis of neuropathy by vasculitis team OR numbness OR weakness in feet/hands. Only 52% had been formally diagnosed with neuropathy. Compared with 70 patients without neuropathy, neuropathy patients had greater disability measured by the inflammatory Rasch-built Overall Disability Scale (centile mean 63.1 (SD 17.3) vs 75.2 (16.7); p< 0.0001), Inflammatory Neuropathy Cause and Treatment scale (median 2 (IQR 1-4) vs 0.5 (0-2); p< 0.0001), and modified Rankin scale (median 2 (IQR 1-3) vs 2 (1-2); p= 0.0002); greater pain on an 11-point rating scale (mean 4.6 (SD 2.6) vs 3.5 (2.8); p= 0.0009); and poorer HR-QOL on the EQ5D-3L (summary index mean 0.58 (SD 0.29) vs 0.69 (0.28); p<0.0001). Two-thirds reported autonomic symptoms (not associated with neuropathy). CONCLUSION: Neuropathy is common and associated with significant disability, pain, and impaired HR-QOL in patients with systemic vasculitis.

Original publication




Journal article


Rheumatology (Oxford)

Publication Date



Vasculitis, autonomic, chronic pain, disability, quality of life, vasculitic neuropathy