Takayasu's arteritis involving proximal pulmonary arteries and mimicking thromboembolic disease

J Rheumatol. 1999 Feb;26(2):450-3.


The pulmonary manifestations of Takayasu's arteritis (TA) are frequently overshadowed by the systemic circulation involvement. We describe a patient who presented with life threatening complications of unrecognized proximal pulmonary arterial disease that mimicked thromboembolic disease. We review the literature on pulmonary involvement in TA, and discuss the use of imaging studies in this disease.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Angiography, Digital Subtraction
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lung Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Lung Diseases / diagnostic imaging
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Pulmonary Artery / diagnostic imaging
  • Pulmonary Artery / pathology*
  • Pulmonary Embolism / diagnosis*
  • Pulmonary Embolism / diagnostic imaging
  • Takayasu Arteritis / diagnosis*
  • Takayasu Arteritis / diagnostic imaging
  • Takayasu Arteritis / pathology