Aortic and coronary calcifications in Takayasu arteritis


Seyahi E. , Ucgul A. , Olgun D. C. , Ugurlu S., Akman C., Tutar O. , ...More

SEMINARS IN ARTHRITIS AND RHEUMATISM, vol.43, pp.96-104, 2013 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 43 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.semarthrit.2012.11.001
  • Title of Journal : SEMINARS IN ARTHRITIS AND RHEUMATISM
  • Page Numbers: pp.96-104

Abstract

Objectives: Atherosclerosis is well recognized in Takayasu arteritis (TAK) and the associated plaques tend to be more common in areas of arteritis. We now report arterial wall calcification in a large group of TAK patients and controls. We hypothesized that the degree of coronary artery calcification would point to a systemic effect of inflammation while that in the thoracic aorta more of local inflammation.