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Mod Rheumatol. 2012 Sep;22(5):774-7. doi: 10.1007/s10165-011-0566-9. Epub 2011 Dec 6.

Aortitis in a patient with psoriatic arthritis.

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  • 1Division of Rheumatology, Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Gazi University, 8.Kat, Besevler, 06500 Ankara, Turkey. dratufan@hotmail.com


Aortitis, inflammation of the aortic tissue, is most commonly caused by vasculitic rheumatic conditions, and less frequently infectious organisms. Involvement of the aorta is well defined in HLA-B27-associated spondyloarthropathies such as long-standing ankylosing spondylitis and Reiter's syndrome. However, unlike other spondyloarthropathies, aortic involvement or true aortitis is not a feature of psoriatic arthritis and has been reported in only a few cases. Herein, we report the case of a 22 year-old woman with psoriatic arthritis who developed descending aortitis while using tumor necrosis factor inhibitors.

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