What is the role of M tuberculosis in the etiology of Takayasu arteritis?

Updated: Nov 14, 2018
  • Author: Jefferson R Roberts, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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In a case report, M tuberculosis and its 65-kd heat shock protein was implicated in the etiology. Patients with Takayasu arteritis were found to have higher immunoglobulin G (IgG), immunoglobulin M (IgM), and immunoglobulin A (IgA) titers against the M tuberculosis extract than did patients without the condition. [8]


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