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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2012  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 99-105

Takayasu's arteritis: Paediatric perspective


Professor of Paediatrics, Consultant Paediatric Rheumatologist, Department of Paediatrics Unit II, Christian Medical College, Vellore - 632004, India

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Sathish Kumar
Professor of Paediatrics, Consultant Paediatric Rheumatologist, Department of Paediatrics Unit II, Christian Medical College, Vellore - 632004
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.1016/S0973-3698(12)60035-1

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Takayasu's arteritis (TA) is a rare chronic granulomatous vasculitis of the aorta and its branches and is associated with considerable morbidity and premature mortality. Initial symptoms and signs are non-specific. High index of suspicion is needed to make the correct diagnosis. The clinical manifestations in paediatric patients are less specific than in adults: in children, the disease presents with fever, arthralgias and hypertension. In this review, we detail the epidemiology, pathophysiology, clinical features, imaging characteristics, and various treatment options for TA in children.


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