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Il Giornale Italiano di Radiologia Medica 2018 Gennaio-Febbraio;5(1):166-9

DOI: 10.23736/S2283-8376.17.00005-5

Copyright © 2017 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: Italian

Takayasu arteritis in a 70-year-old woman

Fabio FRANCO 1 , Michelle MAGLI 2, Mariantonietta INDOLFI 1, Tiziana PEPE 1, Graziana GRANALDI 1, Tommaso MAGLI 1

1 Unità Operativa di Radiologia e Diagnostica per Immagini, Presidio Ospedaliero Valle d’Itria, ASL Taranto, Martina Franca, Taranto, Italia; 2 Unità Operativa di Radiologia e Diagnostica per Immagini, Ospedale Santa Maria, AUSL Parma, Val di Taro, Parma, Italia


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Takayasu arteritis is an idiopathic granulomatous vasculitis also known as “pulseless disease,” which affects the aorta and its main branches. Generally, the most affected age range spans from 10 to 30 years (<50 years), with a higher incidence in females. In our case, the aortic wall thickening at contrast-enhanced computed tomography scan and the association of laboratory data, clinical symptoms, and positron-emission tomography computed tomography data, made us strongly consider a Takayasu arteritis diagnosis in our 70-year-old patient, although being outside the most affected age range.


KEY WORDS: Aortitis - Takayasu arteritis - Vasculitis - Computed tomography

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