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Stress triggers disease flares in patients with vasculitis
Date:11/5/2011

ater likelihood of flaring."

The study suggests that doctors need to be attentive to a patient's psychological state and be proactive about interventions to help them manage stress. "There are a lot of things that can be done proactively in stress management on the patient's side outside of seeing a psychiatrist," Dr. Spiera said. For example, exercise and yoga have been shown to be effective stress relievers.

The HSS researchers next hope to prospectively examine the association between psychological state and flares in upcoming trials of vasculitis and other autoimmune diseases. Some investigators have hypothesized that stress-related hormones lead to immune dysregulation, but research is needed to tease out the mechanisms.

"Going forward, we can even think of trials where you would take patients who have declined in their mental component score and randomize half of them to receive some sort of stress management program and half of them not to receive it, to see if it changes their outcomes," Dr. Spiera said.

Wegener's granulomatosis was recently renamed granulomatosis with polyangiitis. The rare disease, in which inflamed blood vessels interfere with blood circulation, mainly affects vessels in the nose, sinuses, ears, lungs and kidneys, although other areas may be involved. It is most common in middle-aged adults.


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