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Intern Med. 2012;51(24):3431-4. Epub 2012 Dec 15.

Value of carotid artery tenderness for the early diagnosis of Takayasu arteritis.

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  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, National Center for Global Health and Medicine Hospital, Japan. ihayakawa-tky@umin.ac.jp


The early diagnosis and treatment of Takayasu arteritis (TA) is crucial to prevent the devastating complications of vascular insufficiency. This report describes a patient with a persistent fever in whom carotid artery tenderness led to a diagnosis of TA. This case suggests that carotid artery tenderness is a useful physical finding that warrants 2-deoxy-2-[Fluorine-18] fluoro-D-glucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography to confirm a diagnosis of early TA.

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