CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Ind J Car Dis Wom 2018; 03(01): 002-003
DOI: 10.1055/s-0038-1667389
Women in Cardiology and Related Sciences

Significance of Coronary Artery to Pulmonary Artery Fistulae in Takayasu Arteritis

George Joseph
1  Department of Cardiology, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
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Publication Date:
31 August 2018 (online)

In this issue of Indian Journal of Cardiovascular Disease in Women, Moode et al[1] present the clinical and imaging features of a series of patients with Takayasu arteritis (TA), with special focus on coronary artery involvement and the presence of coronary artery-pulmonary artery fistulae.

Takayasu arteritis was originally classified by Ueno et al[2] in 1967 into three main types. Type IV was added by Lupi et al[3] when there was associated pulmonary artery involvement, and type V was added by Panja et al[4] when there was associated coronary artery involvement. However, the classification by Ueno et al and the later additions have been largely supplanted by the system proposed by Numano's group[5] [6] in which there are five main types of TA (type II being divided into subtypes a and b) and in which associated pulmonary and coronary artery involvements are indicated as P (+) and C (+), respectively.