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2022 Dec

J Coll Physicians Surg Pak



Takayasu Arteritis with Isolated Headache and Neck Pain.


Arain N, Shaikh S, Ali J
J Coll Physicians Surg Pak. 2022 Dec; 32(12):1617-1619.
PMID: 36474387.


Takayasu Arteritis (TA), a chronic inflammatory condition of the aorta and its major branches, causes narrowing and ultimate occlusion of major vessels and may manifest as cerebrovascular insufficiency, organ ischemia, and systemic arterial hypertension (HTN). Herein, we report a case of a 35-year female with the pulseless disease but no other clinical signs except headache and neck pain on exertion despite the fact that three out of four vessels of the aortic arch were occluded. Diagnosis of TA was based on clinical findings, radiological imaging, and doppler studies. This case report highlights the clinical importance of unexplained headaches and absent peripheral pulses in the screening of TA. Key Words: Takayasu arteritis, Unexplained headache, Neck pain.