What is the global prevalence of Takayasu arteritis?

Updated: Nov 14, 2018
  • Author: Jefferson R Roberts, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Worldwide incidence of Takayasu arteritis is estimated at 2.6 cases per million per year. Although the disease has a worldwide distribution, it is observed more frequently in Asian countries such as Japan, Korea, China, India, Thailand, and Singapore, as well as in Turkey, Israel, and Central and South America. About 100-200 new cases of Takayasu arteritis are registered each year in Japan. [4]

Estimates of the incidence rates in Europe  vary from 0.4 to 1.5 per million, while the prevalence ranges from 4.7 to 33 per million. [13] It is unclear whether the variations reflect geographical and genetic differences among the populations or methodological differences in epidemiologic studies. [13]

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