Takayasu arteritis: Symptoms & Signs, Diagnosis & Tests

Symptoms & Signs

  • Arm weakness or pain with use
  • Chest pain
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Light-headedness
  • Muscle or joint pain
  • Skin rash
  • Night sweats
  • Vision changes
  • Weight loss

Diagnosis & Tests

  • Decreased radial pulses (at the wrist)
  • Difference in blood pressure between the two arms
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)

There may also be signs of inflammation (pericarditis or pleuritis).

Tests:

  • Arteriogram
  • Angiogram
  • Complete blood count (CBC)
  • C-reactive protein (CRP)
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR)
  • Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Ultrasound
  • X-ray of the chest

Pictures & Images

Heart, section through the middle


Review Date : 2/5/2010
Reviewed By : Mark James Borigini, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, Irvine, CA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

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