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Takayasu arteritis is a rare, systemic, most commonly affects women of childbearing age. It is a inflammatory large-vessel vasculitis disease involving inflammation in the walls of the largest arteries in the body: the aorta and its main branches. The disease results from an attack by the body's own immune system, causing inflammation in the walls of arteries.
Takayasu's arteritis is a large vessel vasculitis involving the aorta and it's major branches. Clinical diagnosis in the early stage is important as the disease may then be treatable. We present the first two cases ever reported in the Irish literature.
Particularly these patients needing immunosuppressive drugs. Glucocorticoids (prednisone, prednisolone or others), often referred to as “steroids,” are an important part of treatment. The dose and length of treatment depend on how bad the disease is and how long the patient has had it. Lasting damage to arteries sometimes needs a vascular procedure or surgical treatment.