Takayasu's Arteritis

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Takayasu's arteritis is inflammation of the aorta and the arteries that branch off from it. It may cause narrowing of the aorta or aneurysms.

The exact cause of Takayasu's arteritis is unknown, but it may be an autoimmune disease where the body's immune system wrongly attacks healthy tissue.

Diagnosis & Treatment at UVA

At UVA, we can diagnose you by using these tests:

    • Chest X-ray
    • Angiography
    • Electrocardiogram
    • Blood tests

    Medication can help to reduce inflammation. You may also need immunosuppressive drugs if steroids alone can't manage your symptoms.

    About 20% of patients require surgery to bypass portions of arteries narrowed by the disease. 


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