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ISRN Rheumatology
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 648703, 2 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2011/648703
Case Report

Pericarditis Revealing Large Vessel Vasculitis

1Department of Internal Medicine, Erasme Hospital, Université Libre de Bruxelles, 1070 Bruxelles, Belgium
2Department of Nuclear Imaging, Erasme Hospital, Université Libre de Bruxelles, 1070 Bruxelles, Belgium
3Department of Rheumatology, Erasme Hospital, Université Libre de Bruxelles, 1070 Bruxelles, Belgium

Received 17 March 2011; Accepted 2 May 2011

Academic Editor: P. Vaith

Copyright © 2011 Bruno Couturier et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Large vessels vasculitis and more specifically, Giant cell arteritis, is characterized by increased inflammatory markers, headaches and altered clinical status. Diagnosis is confirmed by biopsy of temporal arteries showing the presence of granuloma and vasculitis. We hereby report the case of a patient presenting initially as pericarditis and revealing large vessel vasculitis using FDG-PET.