We describe 2 young Japanese female patients with active Takayasu's arteritis whose diagnosis was mainly based on the characteristic ultrasonographic finding, that is, a circumferential vascular wall thickening in common carotid arteries. Following corticosteroid therapy, serial ultrasonographic examination documented the improvement of their thickened carotid walls (in Case 1 from 1.4 to 0.5 mm after 2 months of therapy, in Case 2 from 1.5 to 0.9 mm after 9 months of therapy). These cases emphasize that ultrasonography is useful for evaluation of the therapeutic effect as well as for the diagnosis of Takayasu's arteritis in its early stage.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Journal of Rheumatology|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 1 1998|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Immunology and Allergy