Purpura - an Unusual Presentation of Takayasu Arteritis
N. Reichman, N. Kaufman, R. Mader, E. Flatau
Dept. of Medicine B and Rheumatic Disease Unit, HaEmek Hospital, Afula and Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, The Technion, Haifa
Takayasu arteritis is an uncommon vasculitis, often referred to as aortic arch syndrome. It is most prevalent in young women. Physical findings such as the combination of pulseless arms and carotid bruits suggest the diagnosis. Associated skin manifestations such as pyoderma gangrenosum and erythema nodosum have been described. We present a 27-year-old woman with diffuse purpuric eruption and Takayasu arteritis. This appears to be the first description of such an association.