Takayasu's disease. A report of 3 cases
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Three patients with Takayasu's disease are described. In 2 cases aortography demonstrated an occlusion of the great vessels at the origin of the arch of the aorta. In 1 patient there was concomitant aneurysmal dilatation of the brachiocephalic trunk. Common and internal carotid artery stenosis occurred in 1 patient and was associated with hemiplegia and blindness. All 3 patients had constitutional symptoms and signs of the disease as well as markedly elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rates; 2 patients had moderate clinical responses to steroid administration in the short term and 1 developed bilateral calf vein thrombosis, which responded satisfactorily to conservative management.
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