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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have the symptoms of Takayasu's Arteritis but an ultrasound of my carotid was normal. I've been sick for 2 years without a dx. Any idea what it is?
No: You list no specific symptoms so you question is impossible to answer. Just saying you have symptoms of Takayasus is not enough. ...Read more
Can anyone tell me about carotidynia as a subset of vasculitis/arteritis in relation to ctd? Evidenced by high crp/enlargement of carotid bulb/pain
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
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