Acute stroke as the initial presentation of Takayasu arteritis: Rare but not infrequent…

Pratap Singh, Sanjay Kumar, Subodh Kumar Mahto, Ramesh Chand Meena


Takayasu arteritis is an idiopathic, autoimmune, large vessel vasculitis, mainly affecting the young adults. Its exact etiopathogenesis is not known and it has varied clinical presentations. Acute stroke as initial presentation of Takayasu arteritis is uncommonly reported. Herein we present a case of a 24-year-old female who came to our hospital emergency with sudden onset of weakness of left half of the body of one-day duration. Takayasu arteritis complicated with acute ischemic stroke was diagnosed on the basis of CT angiography findings. The patient was managed accordingly and discharged in a stable condition. Relevant literature is also reviewed. Although considered to be a rare disease, Takayasu arteritis is not infrequent. A high index of suspicion is required for early diagnosis, so as to reduce the significant morbidity associated with the disease.


Takayasu arteritis, cerebrovascular accident, infarction

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