A 37-year-old member asked:
is takayasu's arthritis curable?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Alfred Kim answered
15 years experience Rheumatology
No: Takayasu's arteritis (it's not an arthritis) is a vasculitis, which is inflammation of the vessels. Etiology remains unclear, but the immune system is thought to contribute the most to disease. Immunosuppressive meds help control symptoms, but this disease tends to flare. The more severe and frequently the pt flares, the more worried i get about prognosis and may identify pts who need surgery.
Answered on Sep 1, 2013
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