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Hospital for special surgery physician-scientists share advances in rheumatology research
Date:11/5/2011

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Stress can contribute to disease flares in those with Wegener's granulomatosis a form of vasculitis that causes inflammation that destroys blood vessels. This is the first study to show that mental health is a risk factor for patients with vasculitis. "When this disease flares, people are really sick. It affects the lungs, sinuses, kidneys and nerves, and can cause fever and rashes," said Robert Spiera, M.D., lead author of the study and director of the Vasculitis and Scleroderma Program at Hospital for Special Surgery. Dr. Spiera suggests that doctors be attentive to the psychological health of these patients along with their medical care.


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