Curr Rheumatol Rep 2021 Feb 10;23(3):17. Epub 2021 Feb 10.
Division of Rheumatology, Musculoskeletal System Department, La Colletta Hospital, Local Health Trust 3 Genoa, Via del Giappone 3, 16011, Arenzano, Italy.
Purpose Of Review: Large vessel vasculitides (LVVs) are inflammatory conditions of the wall of large-sized arteries, mainly represented by giant cell arteritis (GCA) and Takayasu arteritis (TA). The inflammatory process within the vessel wall can lead to serious consequences such as development of aneurysms, strokes and blindness; therefore, early diagnosis and follow-up of LVV are fundamental. However, the arterial wall is poorly accessible and blood biomarkers are intended to help physicians not only in disease diagnosis but also in monitoring and defining the prognosis of these conditions, thus assisting therapeutic decisions and favouring personalised management. Read More