European Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 158, Issue 4, pp 281–283

Aortic valve regurgitation as the presenting sign of Takayasu arteritis

  • A. Ravelli
  • E. Pedroni
  • S. Perrone
  • R. Tramarin
  • A. Martini
  • G. R. Burgio
CARDIOLOGY

Abstract

Takayasu arteritis is a rare chronic vasculitis primarily involving the aorta and its main branches. We report an adolescent girl with Takayasu arteritis who presented with an isolated aortic valve regurgitation as part of a systemic inflammatory process. This patient was initially misdiagnosed as having rheumatic heart disease and the correct diagnosis was made only 1 year later.

Conclusion Takayasu arteritis should be considered among the diagnostic possibilities in patients who present with an unexplained systemic inflammatory syndrome and a cardiac murmur.

Key words Takayasu arteritis Valvular heart disease Aortic regurgitation 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Ravelli
    • 1
  • E. Pedroni
    • 1
  • S. Perrone
    • 1
  • R. Tramarin
    • 2
  • A. Martini
    • 1
  • G. R. Burgio
    • 1
  1. 1.Clinica Pediatrica, IRCCS Policlinico S. Matteo, P.le Golgi 2, I-27100 Pavia, Italy, e-mail: amartini@smatteo.pv.it, Tel.: +39-382-528156, Fax: +39-382-527976IT
  2. 2.IRCCS Fondazione Salvatore Maugeri, Tradate, ItalyIT

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