An unusual case of acute heart failure

  • Deepa Panikkath
  • Ragesh Panikkath


Takayasu’s arteritis is a large vessel vasculitis of unknown etiology affecting predominantly
young women. This case report describes an atypical presentation of this disease in a 49-yearold
Caucasian woman who presented in acute congestive heart failure. Workup showed
occlusion and stenosis of multiple branches of the aorta, including the left subclavian, right
renal, celiac artery, and superior mesenteric artery. She had moderate aortic regurgitation, an
aneurysm of the ascending aorta, and a severely reduced ejection fraction of <20%. Clinical
and radiographic improvement occurred following prompt immunosuppressive treatment with


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How to Cite
Panikkath, D., & Panikkath, R. (2019). An unusual case of acute heart failure. The Southwest Respiratory and Critical Care Chronicles, 7(28), 24-27.