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What are the tests for arteritis?

What are the tests for arteritis?

ANCA and clinical: Anti-neutrophilic cytoplasmic antibody may be present, but clinical examination essential to assess if angiography, histology or other immunologic assays required. ...Read more

Dr. Bruce Rothschild
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Arteritis (Definition)

Arteritis is inflammation of the blood vessels or arteries. This may be triggered by viruses, medications, or by your own immune system leading to what is called an autoimmune disease. There are several different forms that mainly depends on the size of the blood vessel that is involved. There are several treatment options. This is an area of specialty handled by a rheumatologist. I am happy to do ...Read more


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What sort of problem is arteritis?

What sort of problem is arteritis?

Arteritis: This is inflammation of an arterial blood vessel. This is caused either by allergy to a drug where the body thinks the drug is foreign and needs to be removed. Other times the body just reacts against the blood vessels, causing blockage, usually accompanied by a rash, fever, damage to organs the blood vessel supplies ie kidney, lung skin, eye, brain, joint ...Read more

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What can I do to not get arteritis?

What can I do to not get arteritis?

No known prevenion: The term "arteritis" simply means inflamed arteries. It is part of a larger group of diseases known as vasculitis. They are autoimmune in nature with most having no known mechanism. Some forms of vasculitis are associated with hepatitis b and some are result of medications and infections. Several types have genetic and ethnic predisposition such as bechet's disease and takayasu's arteritis. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of arteritis?

What are the symptoms of arteritis?

Almost anything: Almost anything. Depends which part of the body or which system is involved. Rheumatology evaluation is indicated. ...Read more

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Is it possible to remove arteritis?

Treat inflammation.: Arteritis refers to inflammation of arteries. This is not something that can be removed by surgery, but often is something that can be treated by anti-inflammation medications such as steroids, including prednisone. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about poly arteritis nodosa?

Can you tell me about poly arteritis nodosa?

See details: Google the term and you will gain much more detailed information than can be provided in the small space provided for answers on this site. It is a systemic medium vessel vasculitis that can effect virtually any organ system in the body. It requires early diagnosis and aggressive treatment. ...Read more

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What number of forms of arteritis are there?

Too many to list: Search the internet and read for yourself. There are numerous forms of vasculitis. They are classified by whether they involve small, medium or large vessels or whether the ANCA blood test is positive or negative. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Arteritis?

What is the definition or description of: Arteritis?

Arteritis: Arteritis is inflammation of the blood vessels or arteries. This may be triggered by viruses, medications, or by your own immune system leading to what is called an autoimmune disease. There are several different forms that mainly depends on the size of the blood vessel that is involved. There are several treatment options. This is an area of specialty handled by a rheumatologist. I am happy to do a consult if needed. ...Read more

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I am curious about how many forms of arteritis are there?

Many: There are three main ones - takayasu's, giant cell (temporal arteritis), and polyarteritis nodosa. There are other rarer ones as well. ...Read more

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What is takayasu arteritis?

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. ...Read more

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What causes takayasu arteritis?

Unknown: The cause of it is idiopathic or really unknown cause. ...Read more

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Takayasu arteritis--causes and cures?

Takayasu arteritis--causes and cures?

Steroids or surgery: Prednisone/ steroids are the main way of treatment. Some patients will require open bypass surgery in case of steroid resistance. Causes are idiopathic or unknown. It is an autoimmune disease affecting the wall of large blood vessels causing narrowing by fibrosis. ...Read more

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Is takayasu arteritis deadly?

Is takayasu arteritis deadly?

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 ...Read more

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Is takayasu arteritis really deadly?

It can be: This large vessel vasculitis can have very severe complications, even fatal ones if it is not aggressively treated. ...Read more

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Could takayasu's arteritis be cured?

Once: Circulation to arm is corrected, some medications may help control vasculitis. ...Read more

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Do you know about takayasu arteritis?

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 ...Read more

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Does anybody treat takayasu arteritis?

Does anybody treat takayasu arteritis?

Steroids or surgery: Prednisone/ steroids are the main way of treatment. Some patients will require open bypass surgery in case of steroid resistance. ...Read more

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Does anybody know about takayasu arteritis?

Form of vasculits: Takayasu arteritis is an autoimmune disease that "attacks" the larger arteries leading to inflammation and blockage of blood flow. It affects typically females age 20's-30's and has some ethnic distribution in people of middle eastern and Asian descent. Symptoms are varied but the blockage of blood flow leads to possible internal organ damage or limb injury. ...Read more

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If I get takayasu arteritis, what are the symptoms?

It depends: It depends on the vessels involved and the severity of the involvement. The most common symptoms are those that related to reduced blood flow to the brain or arms. ...Read more

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How the disease takayasu arteritis will be treated?

Corticosteroids: At present corticosteroids are the mainstay but other medications include cytotoxic drugs and those used for connective tissue diseases. The activity is assessed by lab and imaging. Your physician will assess your activity and help decide your best approach. ...Read more

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How dangerous is marijuanna use with takayasu's arteritis?

How dangerous is marijuanna use with takayasu's arteritis?

No danger I know of: For takayasu's arteritis, but plenty of dangers I can think of in being 18 years old, with a brain and mind that is still developing, that will be affected by marijuana in terms of potential to decrease ability to learn, increase social anxiety and cause problems. I think social use of marijuana in adults has few problems in most, just as the use of alcohol has few problems in most. Not in teens. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis for someone with takayasu's arteritis?

Generally good.: The prognosis is generally good if the disease is effectively controlled with appropriate medications. As with all systemic vasculitic diseases, an individual with takayasu's must be closely monitored by a rheumatologist and must learn when to become concerned. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a teenager to have arteritis at such a young age?

Certainly: Juvenile temporal arteritis: a rare form of localized blood vessel inflammation that affects older children and young adults. The condition is harmless and any nodules that develop can be removed and do not reappear. The nodules develop in blood vessels in the temples. ...Read more

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What kind of over-the-counter medications would I get for arteritis?

None: If you do have arteritis, inflammatory disease of blood vessels, this can be a very severe and life threatening condition, and does not lend itself to self-treatments.
Work closely with your doctor. ...Read more

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Polymygia rheumatic similar same as or similar to rheumatoid arteritis?

No: There are very different and can easily be told apart on clinical grounds. However, rarely RA does present with a pmr type of picture. ...Read more

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What are the chances of having a normal healthy life with takayasu arteritis?

Depends85%: RTakayasu`s arteritis is a granulomatous giant cell arteritis that involves the aortic arch and can affect the arteries to the carotid, pulmonary, subclavian and even coronary arteries. The major treatment is prednisone, starting with high doses, mycophenolate, and tocilzumab. Bypass grafting, stents have been done. Many are young Asian women and with treatment many can live a normal life. ...Read more

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My sister is suffering from takayashu arteritis... she is currently taking immunosuppressants. Just want to ask the prognosis of this disease?

My sister is suffering from takayashu arteritis... she is currently taking immunosuppressants. Just want to ask the prognosis of this disease?

See below: The two major predictors of outcome are incidence of complications (hypertension, aortic aneurysm, retinopathy)
and if the disease is progressive or not. The 15-year survival was 66 and 96 percent for patients with and without a major complication, respectively, and was 68 and 93 percent for those with and without a progressive course. ...Read more

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What is temporal arteritis?

What is temporal arteritis?

Inflammation: Temporal arteritis (ta) is a non-infectious inflammation of the temporal arteries, ususally seen in individuals over 50 yrs. Headache or head pains are the most common complaint, associated with tender temporal arteries. Other symptoms include jaw claudication, anorexia, fever, anemia and elevated wbc. An elevated sedimentation rate (esr) is typically above 80mm/hr, but ta can occur with normal esr. ...Read more

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What is temporal arteritis?

Artery inflammation: Also known as "giant cell arteritis" is an auto-immune disease characterized by inflammation of the vessels of the head and neck. Its cause is unknown. It is more common in women and usually is seen in the elderly. Definitive diagnosis requires removal of a portion of the superficial temporal artery and examination under a microscope looking for "giant cells" that are damaging the arteries. ...Read more

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Who diagnoses temple arteritis?

Temporal arteritis: Either an ophthalmologist, neurologist, primary care physician. Often they will ask a surgeon to do a temporal artery biopsy, but if the diagnosis is highly suspicious then steroids treatment would be recommended. ...Read more

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What are the signs of temporal arteritis?

Temporal arteritis: Excessive sweating, fever,
general ill feeling
jaw pain that comes and goes or occurs when chewing
loss of appetite, muscle aches
pain and stiffness in the neck, upper arms, shoulder, and hips
throbbing headache on one side of the head or the back of the head
scalp sensitivity, tenderness when touching the scalp
vision difficulties blurred vision
double vision reduced vision
weakness, tiredness. ...Read more

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Is there a specific arteritis called carotid arteritis?

Problem vs. Location: -itis at end of medical descriptive word means inflamation. Thus, arteritis: inflamation of artery, by any mechanism. Carotid: the larger arteries in our neck; supply blood to our brain & face. The inflammatory cells are our white blood cells. Usual dominant arterial disease is an accumulation of wbcs in the walls of arteries, typically starting childhood, thus inflamation. There are other forms. ...Read more

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What is carotid arteritis? What are the systems? What is the treatment?

Steroids: Any arteritis is a very rare condition and very difficult to diagnose. There are some specific types of arteritis that affect people in the far east. Initial treatment is using steroids. Late stages with narrowing of arteries can be treated with surgery. ...Read more

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What is giant cell arteritis?

Vascular inflammatio: It is a specific form of vascular inflammation in which there is inflammatory disruption of vessel lining, usually with visible giant cells, which is often associated with headaches, fatigue, anemia and can produce blindness. ...Read more

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What is giant cell arteritis like?

What is giant cell arteritis like?

Vessel inflammation: Vessel inflammation producing headache, fatigue and often blindness. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of giant cell arteritis?

Headaches/vision los: Headaches, partial or complete loss of vision, shoulder and hip muscle aches are the most common. ...Read more

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Can you give me more info on giant cell arteritis?

Giant cell arteritis: Inflammatory disease of blood vessels most commonly involving large and medium arteries of the head, predominantly the branches of the external carotid artery. It is a form of vasculitis. The most serious complication of gca is permanent blindness, though this can be prevented by prompt treatment with corticosteroids. ...Read more