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In this case study, specialist look more closely at a patient suspected of having central nervous system vasculitis.
Knowing the organs and/or size of vessels affected by drug-induced vasculitis can help pinpoint the problematic agent, which is the first step in treating the disease.
A 25-year-old patient presents to the emergency room with acute chest pain. Could her history of Takayasu arteritis have something to do with her symptoms?
MRA or CTA of the entire aorta and its branches are critical when extracranial giant cell arteritis is suspected.
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Even after a long period of remission, ANCA-associated vasculitis can return with force. Long-term monitoring is key.
Watch as Alexandra Villa-Forte, MD, MPH, details how a second opinion at Cleveland Clinic helped resolve persistent shortness of breath in a man with GPA.
Neurological symptoms like symmetrical polyneuropathy, paresis, headaches and cognitive impairment should be considered potential evidence of vasculitis in patients with other classic signs of the disease as well as complications to watch for in patients with established diagnoses.
While TAK may be challenging to diagnose and treat, careful monitoring with the appropriate clinical expertise and tools and thoughtful, risk-sensitive treatment can improve outcomes for patients.
In considering the cause of aneurysms, dissections, stenoses or occlusions in the large- or medium-sized vessels, it is appropriate to include vasculitis in the differential diagnosis. However, in addition to atherosclerosis, there are a range of less common vasculopathic disease entities that should also be considered.
Recently, two disease subtypes have been postulated in central nervous system vasculitis. This article clarifies the clinical characteristics and imaging findings according to the size of the affected vessel.