A case of Takayasu's arteritis with some unusual findings is presented. The patient was a 35 year old woman with a previous history of ulcerative colitis and rheumatoid arthritis. She presented with a variety of nonspecific systemic symptoms. On physical examination systolic bruits were heard over both carotid and subclavian arteries and the abdominal aorta. On the basis of aortograms, laboratory data and an aortic biopsy the diagnosis of Takayasu's arteritis was made. Unusual findings were: (1) the past history of ulcerative colitis and rheumatoid arthritis; (2) involvement of the right pulmonary and right renal arteries; (3) recurrent pericardial effusion; and (4) marked symptomatic improvement after steroid therapy without angiographic evidence of resolution of the arterial lesions.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine