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Non-specific arteritis of the aorta and its main branches
  1. P. N. Thenabadu,
  2. K. Rajasuriya,
  3. H. R. Wickremasinghe
  1. University Medical Unit and Department of Pathology, General Hospital, Colombo, Ceylon


    Four cases of non-specific arteritis involving the aorta and its main branches are described. Three of the cases were hypertensive and one of these had evidence of aortic incompetence. Cases 1, 2, and 3 had involvement of the aortic arch vessels and the descending aorta, whereas Case 4 presented as a coarctation of the abdominal aorta. There was a significant association with systemic disturbance such as polyarthritis, fever, weight loss, raised erythrocyte sedimentation rate, and hyperglobulinaemia. A detailed necropsy in Case 2 showed two large dissecting aneurysms. The nomenclature, the diagnostic criteria, and a probable pathogenesis of the disease are discussed with reference to the relevant published material.

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