How does vasculitis affect the nervous system?

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Vasculitis can cause problems in any organ system, including the central (CNS) and peripheral (PNS) nervous systems. Vasculitis disorders, or syndromes, of the CNS and PNS are characterized by the presence of inflammatory cells in and around blood vessels, and secondary narrowing or blockage of the blood vessels that nourish the brain, spinal cord, or peripheral nerves. Any type or size of blood vessel may be involved - arteries, arterioles, veins, venules, or capillaries.

This answer is based on source information from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders.

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