Regression of carotid wall thickening after corticosteroid therapy in Takayasu's arteritis evaluated by B-mode ultrasonography: Report of 2 cases

Yuji Fukudome, Isao Abe, Uran Onaka, Koji Fujii, Yusuke Ohya, Masayo Fukuhara, Shigeru Kaseda, Mikihiro Esaki, Masatoshi Fujishima

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2029-2032
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Rheumatology
Volume25
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Rheumatology
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology

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    Fukudome, Y., Abe, I., Onaka, U., Fujii, K., Ohya, Y., Fukuhara, M., Kaseda, S., Esaki, M., & Fujishima, M. (1998). Regression of carotid wall thickening after corticosteroid therapy in Takayasu's arteritis evaluated by B-mode ultrasonography: Report of 2 cases. Journal of Rheumatology, 25(10), 2029-2032.