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Takayasu's arteritis might sound like an ancient curse, but even when you learn it is not, the condition, which causes inflammation in the arteries, remains a rare and painful one. Experts have a lot yet to learn about Takayasu's arteritis. Its symptoms are similar to other illnesses, and it can go undiagnosed for some time before a doctor recognizes it for what it is.

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1. What is Takayasu's Arteritis?

Takayasu's arteritis most often damages the medium and large arteries that branch off from the aorta -- the main blood vessel that carries blood away from the heart to the arms, neck, and brain. In some rarer cases, arteries leading to the heart, kidneys, intestines, and legs can also be hit by Takayasu's arteritis.

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