Takayasu Disease - Treatment

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How is Takayasu disease treated?

The treatment of Takayasu disease involves suppressing the inflammation with cortisone medication (prednisone, prednisolone). While most patients can improve, some do not or relapse. In cortisone-resistant patients, stronger medications which suppress the immune system (immunosuppressive drugs), thereby further decreasing active inflammation of the arteries, have been used. Examples include methotrexate (Rheumatrex, Trexall), cyclosporine, cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan), and azathioprine (Imuran). Strict control of elevated blood pressure (hypertension) is important.

Vascular surgery procedures and/or angioplasty with stents can be required to treat aneurysms and severe blood vessel narrowing.

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Comment from: Concerned Mom, 19-24 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 23

My daughter was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis at the age of 4 and Takayasu arteritis at the age of 16. She is on a gluten free diet. It seems to help symptoms for both. Too much gluten can cause inflammation. It is worth looking into.

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Comment from: dolly, 13-18 Male (Caregiver) Published: May 17

My son got a high fever so I decided to confine him at the hospital. During his confinement the doctor found out that he had a high blood pressure so he told us to undergo a second echo and duplex ultrasound. In his duplex ultrasound the doctor noticed that he had a stenosis in his left renal artery. Again they referred us to a pediatric nephrologist. After the pediatric nephrologist they referred us to the vascular surgeon, and this doctor requested us to have an angiogram and they found out that my son has Takayasu disease. As of now we are still having series of laboratory tests and they give a medicine that could control his blood pressure.

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