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Is there a specific arteritis called carotid arteritis?

Is there a specific arteritis called carotid  arteritis?

Problem vs. Location: -itis at end of medical descriptive word means inflamation. Thus, arteritis: inflamation of artery, by any mechanism. Carotid: the larger arteries in our neck; supply blood to our brain & face. The inflammatory cells are our white blood cells. Usual dominant arterial disease is an accumulation of wbcs in the walls of arteries, typically starting childhood, thus inflamation. There are other forms. ...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


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What is carotid arteritis? What are the systems? What is the treatment?

What is carotid arteritis?  What are the systems?  What is the treatment?

Steroids: Any arteritis is a very rare condition and very difficult to diagnose. There are some specific types of arteritis that affect people in the far east. Initial treatment is using steroids. Late stages with narrowing of arteries can be treated with surgery. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me about carotidynia as a subset of vasculitis/arteritis in relation to ctd? Evidenced by high crp/enlargement of carotid bulb/pain

Can anyone tell me about carotidynia as a subset of vasculitis/arteritis in relation to ctd? Evidenced by high crp/enlargement of carotid bulb/pain

May not be arteritis: Carotidynia may not necessarily be related to arteritis. The elevated CRP and possibly other lab could suggest arteritis. I would suggest looking for takayasu disease. But this carotid pain can also be due to myofascial noninflammatory. ...Read more

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Does temporal arteritis just affect in their 50's or can I afect young men too?

Rarely: It is possible, but extremely rare. One neurologist i used to work with said that unless there is overwhelming evidence, being under 50 virtually excludes it. ...Read more

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What are the tests for arteritis?

What are the tests for arteritis?

ANCA and clinical: Anti-neutrophilic cytoplasmic antibody may be present, but clinical examination essential to assess if angiography, histology or other immunologic assays required. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is arteritis?

What sort of problem is arteritis?

Arteritis: This is inflammation of an arterial blood vessel. This is caused either by allergy to a drug where the body thinks the drug is foreign and needs to be removed. Other times the body just reacts against the blood vessels, causing blockage, usually accompanied by a rash, fever, damage to organs the blood vessel supplies ie kidney, lung skin, eye, brain, joint ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of arteritis?

Almost anything: Almost anything. Depends which part of the body or which system is involved. Rheumatology evaluation is indicated. ...Read more

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What is takayasu arteritis?

Vasculitis: Takayasu arteritis is a inflammatory condition of the large arterial vessels emerging from your heart (the aorta and branching vessels). It is unknown what the etiology is, although it is pretty clear the immune system drives this process (especially il-6). Main initial symptoms are vague (fatigue, low-grade fever) but as it progresses, the lightheadedness and a cold arm from reduced blood flow. ...Read more