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Minerva Cardioangiologica 2002 June;50(3):259-62

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Takayasu arteritis in a 66-year-old caucasian woman

Rosso F. Vittadello G., Verlato F., Scarpa R., Andreozzi G. M.


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A 66 year-old Italian woman was admitted to the hospital for fatigue, malaise and fever. Radial pulses were absent. She underwent echo color Doppler examination and angiography, which pointed out tight stenosis of bilateral axillary arteries; particularly, the echo color Doppler showed diffuse arterial wall thickening in the left common carotid artery (1.7 mm). Clinical features and instrumental findings suggested active Takayasu is arteritis. Corticosteroid therapy was administered and bilateral radial pulse appeared again after two months of steroid therapy. This case demonstrates the presence of Takayasu's arteritis in Western Europe and showed how the disease onset can be observed also in geriatric patients.

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