Treatment of Takayasu arteritis is difficult. However, people who have the right treatment can see positive results. It is important to identify the condition early.
Most people are first treated with high doses of steroids. Immunosuppressive drugs, such as azathioprine, mycophenolate, methotrexate, or leflunomide are often added.
Biologic agents including TNF inhibitors such as infliximab are recommended for people who do not improve with the previous treatment.
In difficult cases, tocilizumab or rituximab may be helpful.
Surgery is reserved for complications caused by narrowed arteries.
Surgery to open up narrowed arteries may be needed to supply blood or open up the constriction