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Takayasu arteritis (also known as the pulseless disease) is a type of vasculitis that affects large arteries and leads to significant narrowing of the vasculature. Patients with takayasu arteritis can have symptoms like weak or absent pulses in extremities, widely varying blood pressures, and dizziness. Learn how health care professionals diagnosis takayasu arteritis by examining blood work (such as erythrocyte sedimentation rate, granulomas), and taking samples (biopsies) of vascular tissue,. Created by Ian Mannarino.