A 40-year-old member asked:
is there any treatment for temporal arteritis other than prednisone?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Alfred Kim answered
15 years experience Rheumatology
Tocilizumab: So for a fraction of people with temporal arthritis, they possess extremely elevated il-6 levels. Il-6 is a protein that increases with inflammation and is thought to contribute to several autoimmune diseases. John stone (mgh, harvard) has described the use of tocilizumab which blocks the activity of il-6 in these patients with very good results. It may not work for everyone, so discuss with md.
Answered on Sep 12, 2018
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