Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Takayasu's Arteritis Underlying Cause

Takayasu's arteritis results from an abnormal immune system, which normally fights infection. The immune system mistakenly attacks normal arteries, causing inflammation and narrowing of the arteries. The cause of the abnormal immune system in Takayasu's arteritis is unknown. The narrowed arteries reduce the blood flow to organs, which may cause them to malfunction.

The effects of Takayasu's on other organs can cause:

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Last Updated: Feb 10, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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