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Dr. Bruce Rothschild
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Giant Cell Arteritis (Definition)

Giant cell arteritis is a condition in which a person has inflammation and damage to blood vessels that supply the head area, neck, upper body, and arms. The affected areas may have pain, swollen blood vessels, ...Read more


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Can you give me more info on giant cell arteritis ?

Can you give me more info on giant cell arteritis ?

Giant cell arteritis: Inflammatory disease of blood vessels most commonly involving large and medium arteries of the head, predominantly the branches of the external carotid artery. It is a form of vasculitis. The most serious complication of gca is permanent blindness, though this can be prevented by prompt treatment with corticosteroids. ...Read more

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In what way is giant cell arteritis an autoimmune disease?

Inflammation: Giant cell arteritis is an inflammation of the lining of your arteries — the blood vessels that carry oxygen-rich blood from your heart to the rest of your body. Most often, it affects the arteries in your head, especially those in your temples. It is the result of your immune system wrongly targeting your own tissue and that's why it's called an autoimmune disease. ...Read more

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How are polymyalgia rheumatica and giant cell arteritis diagnosed?

Overlapping: They are overlapping disorders. They can occur separately or together. Clinical experience of the doctor and elevated erythrocyte sedimentationrate are the most reliable findings. ...Read more

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What research is being conducted to help people who have polymyalgia rheumatica and giant cell arteritis?

Not aware of new res: I am not aware of new research, I am sure its being done. As pertaining to the eyes gca is crucially important to treat before eye get involved, there is a serious risk of blindness. ...Read more

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Dr. Bruce Rothschild
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Arteritis (Definition)

Arteritis is a term for inflammation of an artery. Many conditions that cause arteritis are caused by a person's own ...Read more