Takayasu Arteritis Initially Mimicking Infective Endocarditis

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Aytekin Alcelik
Sevim Karacay
Ismail Necati Hakyemez
Busra Akin
Serkan Ozturk
Haluk Savli

Keywords

Takayasu arteritis, vasculitis, widespread thoracic murmur, infective endocarditis.

Abstract

Takayasu’s arteritis (TA) is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects large vessels, predominantly the aorta and main branches, leading to vessel wall thickening, fibrosis and stenosis. Cardiac and vascular symptoms are also commonly present at disease onset. In TA with thoracic or abdominal involvement, although murmur can be present as a physical examination finding, the pulse difference may be absent. Here, we mention a case of TA who initially looked like infective endocarditis and had widespread thoracic murmur.

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