Surgical treatment of Takayasu's disease
Joseph M. Giordano, MD, FACS
Department of Surgery, George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, DC
Correspondence: Joseph M. Giordano, MD, FACS, Professor and Chairman, Department of Surgery, George Washington University Medical Center, 2150 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20037; firstname.lastname@example.org
Takayasu's disease affects young females in the second and third decade of life. During the chronic phase, the aorta and its major arteries become stenotic, causing significant sequelae. Surgical treatment is possible with expectation of good results. The author advises treatment of stenotic arteries that are potentially dangerous or that adversely affect lifestyle with either percutaneous transluminal angioplasty or surgery. The author emphasizes the difference between surgical procedures for atherosclerosis versus a procedure for Takayasu's disease.