Aortitis in a patient with psoriatic arthritis

TUFAN A., Tezcan M. E., Kaya A., Mercan R., Oner Y., ÖZTÜRK M. A.

MODERN RHEUMATOLOGY, vol.22, no.5, pp.774-777, 2012 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 22 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s10165-011-0566-9
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.774-777
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


Aortitis, inflammation of the aortic tissue, is most commonly caused by vasculitic rheumatic conditions, and less frequently infectious organisms. Involvement of the aorta is well defined in HLA-B27-associated spondyloarthropathies such as long-standing ankylosing spondylitis and Reiter's syndrome. However, unlike other spondyloarthropathies, aortic involvement or true aortitis is not a feature of psoriatic arthritis and has been reported in only a few cases. Herein, we report the case of a 22 year-old woman with psoriatic arthritis who developed descending aortitis while using tumor necrosis factor inhibitors.