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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2012, Article ID 523218, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/523218
Case Report

Late Onset Takayasu Arteritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis

1Department of Internal Medicine, Ikazia Hospital, Montessoriweg 1, 3083 AN Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2Department of Surgery, Ikazia Hospital, Montessoriweg 1, 3083 AN Rotterdam, The Netherlands
3Department of Radiology, Ikazia Hospital, Montessoriweg 1, 3083 AN Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Received 22 April 2012; Accepted 29 May 2012

Academic Editor: Kenneth C. Kalunian

Copyright © 2012 K. E. Verweij 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

We encountered the rare case of a 48-year-old Caucasian woman who developed Takayasu arteritis (TA) while suffering from seropositive rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Several studies have reported an association between TA and various autoimmune disorders, however, the concurrent presence of Takayasu arteritis and rheumatoid arthritis is described in only few cases in the literature to date. The exact nature of the relationship between TA and RA remains unknown. Perhaps the development of these two diseases represents non-specific systemic inflammatory changes in the presence of a hereditary background predisposing to both RA and TA.