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: susan, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 08

My treatment for Takayasu was a Dacron graft. As I understand, it was fitted into my aorta, just under my rib cage, and fed down to my kidneys, where it bypassed the disease. Then the arteries to my kidneys, bowels, and spleen were fitted onto the Dacron graft.

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