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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 58  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 148-150

A case of unusual presentation of Takayasu's arteritis

Department of Ophthalmology, R.G. Kar Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata, India

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DOI: 10.4103/0301-4738.60090

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Takayasu's arteritis is a chronic inflammatory disease of the large and medium-sized arteries. It commonly involves the aorta with its branches and the pulmonary arteries. The retinal hemodynamics suggest that the carotid artery involvement causes diminished retinal blood flow. This is the pathogenetic mechanism of Takayasu's retinopathy with characteristic features of microaneurysms, arterio-venous anastomosis and non-perfused retinal areas. Our case presented as branch retinal artery occlusion with collaterals and iris neovascularization. The branch retinal artery, a small retinal artery occlusion in our case is an unusual presenting feature of Takayasu's aorto-arteritis.

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