Navigating the initial diagnosis and management of adult IgA vasculitis: A review

Brenna G. Kelly, Delaney B. Stratton, Iyad Mansour, Bekir Tanriover, Keliegh S. Culpepper, Clara Curiel-Lewandrowski

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Background: IgA vasculitis in adults has not been thoroughly studied. This has left a practice gap related to the management and follow-up of a population that is at an increased risk of comorbidities and potentially poor outcomes. For this reason, it is important to synthesize evidence from the current literature because this can help direct the movement for more robust studies to clarify best practice recommendations. Objective: We sought to create a narrative review for the practicing dermatologist when diagnosing and leading the care of IgA vasculitis in adult patients. Methods: A broad literature search was performed with a focus on articles that were published after the introduction of the most updated European Alliance of Associations for Rheumatology/Pediatric Rheumatology International Trials Organization/Pediatric Rheumatology European Society criteria. Results: The characteristics and management guidelines for IgA vasculitis in adults have been refined, although more rigorous studies are needed to develop best practice recommendations. Limitations: Because of the lack of sufficient randomized controlled trials on IgA vasculitis in adults, this narrative review is composed of mostly observational, descriptive studies. Conclusion: Adults with IgA vasculitis are at an increased risk of complicated disease course, necessitating formal diagnostic assessment and clear-cut follow-up recommendations to manage and prevent poor health outcomes related to various comorbidities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)71-78
Number of pages8
JournalJAAD International
StatePublished - Sep 2022


  • IgA vasculitis
  • autoimmune
  • dermatopathology
  • direct immunofluorescence
  • leukocytoclastic vasculitis
  • vasculitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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