Vasculitis is a family of rare diseases that can affect people of all ages. Vasculitis means inflammation of the blood vessels, arteries, veins or capillaries. When such inflammation occurs, it causes changes in the walls of blood vessels, such as weakening and narrowing that can progress to the point of blood vessel blockage.

A result of Vasculitis is that the tissues and organs supplied by affected blood vessels do not get enough blood. This can cause organ and tissue damage that can even lead to death. The purpose of Vasculitis Ireland Awareness is to offer support and information to patients and family members where needed.




    Vasculitis Ireland Awareness is a non-profit organisation…

      We rely solely on volunteers and charitable donations in order for our organisation to operate, help us to help others!


I was diagnosed in December 2005 with Wegener’s Granulomatosis Vasculitis after being very ill for quite a while. After a three month stint in three different hospitals I was sent home to a very unsure, unpredictable and largely unknown future…Learn More

In most cases, the cause of Vasculitis is unknown. A combination of factors can cause the inflammatory process to be set in motion. Vasculitis is an autoimmune disease and for reasons that are not yet understood, these diseases occur when the body mistakenly…Learn More

We hold regular meetings in Belfast and Dublin, for like minded people to come together and discuss their conditions, treatments and offer support, in a relaxed environment. Patients and all family welcome. Contact us for more information, times and locations…Learn More

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Case Studies

You have Churg Strauss Vasculitis, the Consultant informed me. “Can you write it down, please” Churg Strauss meant nothing – but Vasculitis – the daughter of a friend suffered from that and she has had two kidney transplants, not good news then.   more >
Geraldine Tierney, My experience of Churg Strauss Syndrome
It’s very treatable, said the consultant and so it has turned out to be. That was in 1999 when I was referred to a hospital consultant by my G.P. for an unusual array of symptoms. These included continuous tiredness, painful leg muscles… more >
B.H.McC., It’s very treatable
I am a 52 year old married woman who up to the summer of 2011 was working as a special needs teacher in a primary school, I had helped my brother and sister care for my elderly dad who had a stroke 2 years previously and for my Mam who has Alzheimer’s and is now in a nursing home… more >
Anon., Takayasu and Me