VCRC Genetic Repository One Time DNA Protocol
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The purpose of this study is to identify genes that increase the risk of developing vasculitis, a group of severe diseases that feature inflammation of blood vessels. Better methods are needed to recruit patients with these rare diseases into cohorts of adequate size for high-quality genetics studies, and the existing infrastructure of the Vasculitis Clinical Research Consortium (VCRC) provides the means for such recruitment. Results of these studies will provide vasculitis researchers with insight into the causes of these diseases and generate new ideas for diagnostic tests and therapies, and will be of great interest to the larger communities of researchers investigating vasculitis and other autoimmune, inflammatory, and vascular diseases. This study will enhance the VCRC Data and Specimen Repository.