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What is takayasu arteritis?

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Dr. Alfred Kim
Rheumatology 16 years experience
Vasculitis: Takayasu arteritis is a inflammatory condition of the large arterial vessels emerging from your heart (the aorta and branching vessels). It is unknown what the etiology is, although it is pretty clear the immune system drives this process (especially il-6). Main initial symptoms are vague (fatigue, low-grade fever) but as it progresses, the lightheadedness and a cold arm from reduced blood flow.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

Is takayasu arteritis deadly?

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Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Unusual: Really unusual . This will depend on the artery that is involved with the disease , for example if renal arteries are involved the patient can developed severe high blood pressure and possible renal failure which can lead to death
A 46-year-old member asked:

What causes takayasu arteritis?

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Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Unknown: The cause of it is idiopathic or really unknown cause.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Do you know about takayasu arteritis?

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Dr. Douglas Mund
Rheumatology 46 years experience
Yes: This a form of vasculitis generally sen in younger individuals in their 20s or 30 s with varied symptoms. It generally involves the largest blood vessels especially the aorta and can cause significant problems of lack of blood flow to brain and other major organs. Also notables are symptoms of fatigue and possible fever. Need immediate attention and treatment often with high dose steroid drugs or

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