Inflammatory Arteritis

Inflammatory arteritis is inflammation of the aorta, the body's largest artery that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body. Inflammatory arteritis can cause blockages in the aorta or aneurysms.

Disorders in connective tissue, such as ligaments and tendons, can cause inflammatory arteritis. Other causes include:

Diagnosis & Treatment at UVA

At UVA, we can diagnose you by using these tests:

  • Ultrasound
  • Computed tomography (CT) angiography
  • Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA)
Medication with steroids can reduce inflammation. You may need additional immunosuppressive drugs to lessen the inflammatory changes in the arteries. 

About 20 percent of patients, especially those with Takayasu's arteritis, require surgery to bypass portions of arteries narrowed by the disease or to repair aneurysms caused by the disease.


Call us at 434.924.3627.


Content was created using EBSCO’s Health Library. Edits to original content made by Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia. This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice.

Join A Clinical Trial

Clinical trials are research studies to find better ways to treat heart and vascular disease. Get access to the latest advanced treatments.

Search for a heart and vascular clinical trial.

Make an Appointment

Call us at 434.924.3627

or make an appointment online.