Other Names for this Disease
- Young female arteritis
- Takayasu disease
- Pulseless disease
- Aortic arch syndrome
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.
is a condition that causes inflammation of the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body (aorta) and its associated branched blood vessels. As a result of the inflammation, the blood vessel walls become thick and make it difficult for blood to flow. Over time, impaired blood flow causes damage to the heart and various other organs of the body. Although the cause remains unknown, Takayasu arteritis appears to be an autoimmune condition, in which cells that fight infection and disease are wrongly targeted against the body's own tissues.Takayasu arteritis
Last updated: 11/3/2013
- Takayasu’s Arteritis. Vasculitis Foundation. 2006; http://www.vasculitisfoundation.org/education/forms/takayasus-arteritis/. Accessed 11/1/2013.
- MedlinePlus was designed by the National Library of Medicine to help you research your health questions, and it provides more information about this topic.
- The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) provides leadership for a national program in diseases of the heart, blood vessels, lung, and blood; blood resources; and sleep disorders. Since October 1997, the NHLBI has also had administrative responsibility for the NIH Woman's Health Initiative. Click on the link to view information on this topic.
- The Johns Hopkins Vasculitis Center has created an information page on Takayasu arteritis. To view the Web page, click on the link.
- The Vasculitis Foundation has a Web page on Takayasu arteritis which can be accessed by clicking on the link.
- Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) is a catalog of human genes and genetic disorders. Each entry has a summary of related medical articles. It is meant for health care professionals and researchers. OMIM is maintained by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
- Orphanet is a European reference portal for information on rare diseases and orphan drugs. Access to this database is free of charge.
- PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Takayasu arteritis. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.
- Medscape Reference has two articles on this topic from the perspective of Pediatrics - General Medicine and Neurology. You may need to register to view the information online, but registration is free. Click on the links above to view the articles from this medical reference Web site.