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Gazzetta Medica Italiana - Archivio per le Scienze Mediche 2020 January-February;179(1-2):73-8

DOI: 10.23736/S0393-3660.18.03976-1

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lingua: Inglese

Late diagnosis of Takayasu disease might be fatal

Deniz GRANIT 1, Mehtap TINAZLI 1, Remzi TINAZLI 2, Süha AKPINAR 3, Levent CERIT 4

1 Department of Internal Medicine, Near East University Hospital, Nicosia, Cyprus; 2 Department of Ear Nose Throat Surgery, Near East University Hospital, Nicosia, Cyprus; 3 Department of Radiology, Near East University Hospital, Nicosia, Cyprus; 4 Department of Cardiology, Near East University Hospital, Nicosia, Cyprus



Takayasu arteritis (TA) is a form of chronic large vessel granulomatous vasculitis which mainly affects the aorta -its branches and pulmonary artery. The etiology of Takayasu arteritis is unknown. It is a rare disease that commonly occurs in a woman younger than 40 years. Although it has a worldwide distribution, because of the lack of enough epidemiologic clues, it is estimated that worldwide incidence of TA is at 2-3 cases per million a year. Clinical suspicion is the key to diagnosis since the onset of symptoms takes months to years causing a delay in diagnosis and as the inflammation progress and stenoses develop morbidity and mortality increases. In this review, we aimed to raise awareness over a case which ended mortally due to delayed diagnosis.


KEY WORDS: Vasculitis; Takayasu arteritis; Diagnosis; Therapeutics

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