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Case Reports in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 2403451, 6 pages
Case Report

Takayasu’s Arteritis in Pregnancy: A Rare Case Report from a Tertiary Care Infirmary in India

1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, VMMC and Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi 110029, India
2Department of Internal Medicine, VMMC and Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi 110029, India

Correspondence should be addressed to Sheeba Marwah

Received 18 November 2016; Revised 11 January 2017; Accepted 15 January 2017; Published 7 February 2017

Academic Editor: Michael Geary

Copyright © 2017 Sheeba Marwah 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.


Background. Takayasu’s arteritis (TA) is a rare, chronic, inflammatory, progressive, idiopathic arteriopathy, afflicting young women of reproductive age group, causing narrowing, occlusion, and aneurysms of systemic and pulmonary arteries, especially the aorta and its branches. During pregnancy, such patients warrant special attention. An interdisciplinary collaboration of obstetricians, cardiologists, and neurologists is necessary to improve maternal and fetal prognosis. Here a case is reported where a patient with diagnosis of TA, complicated by neurological sequelae, successfully fought the vagaries of the condition twice to deliver uneventfully. Case. 25-year-old G2P1L1 presented at 34 weeks of gestation, with chronic hypertension, with TA, with epilepsy, and with late-onset severe IUGR. Following a multidisciplinary approach, she delivered an alive born low birth weight baby (following induction). Her postpartum course remained uneventful. Conclusion. Pregnancy with TA poses a stringent challenge to an obstetrician. Despite advancements in cardiovascular management and advent of new-fangled drugs, the optimal management for pregnant patients with this disease still remains elusive.