Lazaros Sakkas

Dr Sakkas is Professor of Medicine and Rheumatology at the Faculty of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, University of Thessaly, and Director of Rheumatology Clinic, University General Hospital of Larissa, Larissa, Greece. He is also Adjunct Professor, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, USA, and President of the Institute of Rheumatic Diseases, Greece. Dr Sakkas received his MD degree and his DM degree from the Medical School of National and Kapodistrian University, Athens, Greece, and his PhD degree from London University, UK. Since 1998 he has been at the Univesity of Thessaly and Director of the Rheumatology Clinic, and first as Assistant Professor, and then Associate Professor and Professor. Dr Sakkas has served as Editor of the Hellenic Rheumatology, the official journal of the Hellenic Society of Rheumatology (2007-present) and guest Editor of Current Rheumatology Reviews (2010). He has also served on the Editorial Boards of Clinical Immunology (2005-8), International Journal of Biomedical Sciences (2006-present), World Journal of Rheumatology (2011-present), and World Journal of Orthopedics (2011-present). His research interests include inflammation in rheumatic diseases and particularly rheumatoid arthritis, systemic sclerosis, and osteoarthritis where he has worked for nearly 10 years at Guy’s Hospital, London, UK, and Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA. Dr Sakkas has published more than 140 articles, reviews, and chapters in international and Greek scientific journals and textbooks, with impact factor more than 237, and more than 1600 citations.

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Vasculitis, an inflammation of blood vessels, can be idiopathic or secondary to other conditions. Infections may also mimic idiopathic vasculitis, and the differential diagnosis is of paramount importance for the practicing physician. Vasculitides are not rare diseases. In fact, some vasculitides, such as giant cell arteritis, cutaneous vasculitis, and ANCA-associated vasculitis are relatively common in everyday practice. Vasculitis may rapidly lead to organ failure, and put patient's life in danger. Therefore, physicians of different specialties should diagnose vasculitis early, because early institution of treatment is crucial for the favorable outcome. In recent years progress has been made in the pathophysiology and treatment of vasculitis. This book reflects all new advances in pathogenetic mechanisms, diagnosis, and treatment of different types of vasculitis. The international panel of authors helps in achieving a balanced view on different aspects of vasculitis.

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