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CASE REPORT
Year : 2018  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 67-70

Takayasu arteritis in Umuahia, South East Nigeria


1 Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiology, Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia, Abia State, Nigeria
2 Department of Ophthalmology, Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia, Abia State, Nigeria
3 Department of Internal Medicine, Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia, Abia State, Nigeria
4 Department of Radiation Medicine, University of Teaching Hospital, Ituku Ozalla, Enugu State, Nigeria

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Ogba Joseph Ukpabi
Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiology, Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia, Abia State
Nigeria
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/njc.njc_35_17

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Takayasu arteritis is a rare, systemic inflammatory large vessel vasculitis of unknown etiology that predominantly affects women of childbearing age. It is defined as granulomatous inflammation of the aorta and its major branches. Although the disease has a worldwide distribution, it is observed more frequently in Asian countries. It is rare in the black race as only a few cases have been documented. The objective of this study is to present a case of Takayasu arteritis diagnosed in South East, Nigeria, which is a rare disease in blacks. A 34-year-old female with clinical and radiological features of Takayasu arteritis is presented and related literatures reviewed. Although Takayasu arteritis is rare in the black race, with heightened clinical suspicion and appropriate investigations, more cases may be diagnosed.


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