Aortic valve regurgitation as the presenting sign of Takayasu arteritis

A. Ravelli, E. Pedroni, S. Perrone, R. Tramarin, A. Martini, G. R. Burgio

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Takayasu arteritis is a rare chronic vasculitis primarily involving the aorta and its main branches. We report an adolescent girl with Takayasu arteritis who presented with an isolated aortic valve regurgitation as part of a systemic inflammatory process. This patient was initially misdiagnosed as having rheumatic heart disease and the correct diagnosis was made only 1 year later. Conclusion: Takayasu arteritis should be considered among the diagnostic possibilities in: patients who present with an unexplained systemic inflammatory syndrome and a cardiac murmur.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-283
Number of pages3
JournalEuropean Journal of Pediatrics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1999


  • Aortic regurgitation
  • Takayasu arteritis
  • Valvular heart disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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