ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
Diagnosis and treatment of Takayasu arteritis in Turkey: A single center results
Tankut Akay1, Ali Harman2, Eftal Yücel3, Umut Özyer2, Bahadır Gültekin1
1Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Medical Faculty of Başkent University, Ankara, Turkey
2Department of Radiology, Medical Faculty of Başkent University, Ankara, Turkey
3Department of Rheumatology, Medical Faculty of Başkent University, Ankara, Turkey
DOI : 10.5606/tgkdc.dergisi.2015.10055
Background: This study aims to evaluate clinical, laboratory, and radiological features as well as the surgical and endovascular procedure outcomes of patients with Takayasu arteritis in our hospital.

Methods: Hospital records of 38 patients who were followed with the diagnosis of Takayasu arteritis between April 2002 and January 2014 were retrospectively evaluated. Records included the clinical history of Takayasu arteritis, comorbid diseases, laboratory and angiographic findings at the time of diagnosis, and mode of treatment.

Results: The female/male ratio was 3.75:1. According to angiographic classification; 11 patients were type 1, three patients were type 2a, three patients were type 2b, four patients were type 3, six patients were type 4, and 11 patients were type 5. Eighteen of 38 patients were administered endovascular or surgical intervention (8 surgeries and 10 endovascular procedures). There was no early mortality.

Conclusion: Demographic and angiographic features of our patients were similar to those of Japan and Mediterranean populations. The long-term follow-up of endovascular procedure success, and the management of restenosis may be among challenges to be faced in the future. Bypass surgery remains the gold standard for achieving long-term patency. Endovascular treatment may provide short-term symptom relief in patients who are not suitable for surgical treatment.

Keywords : Endovascular procedures; surgery; Takayasu arteritis
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