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A 49-year-old member asked:

Temporal arteritis: what is the worst thing that can happen if this was left untreated?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
BLINDNESS: The arteritis could involve the ophthalmic artery or its branches and cause complete loss of vision on one or both sides. Risk of stroke affecting motor or sensory functions less common but possible. Why not treat it, as the process is potentially fully controllable? Talk to your doctor asap.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

Temporal arteritis. What is the worst thing that can happen if untreated? Do you stroke and die?

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Dr. Seth Zeidman
Neurosurgery 33 years experience
Death: You may go blind or you could go on to get an aneurysm that could rupture and kill you or you could have a stroke and die. All of these are possible if you leave this untreated. None of these will automatically occur but these are some of the possible outcomes of untreated temporal arteritis.

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Last updated Jan 6, 2014

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