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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
Arteritis is inflammation of the blood vessels or arteries. This may be triggered by viruses, medications, or by your own immune system leading to what is called an autoimmune disease. There are several different forms that mainly depends on the size of the blood vessel that is involved. There are several treatment options. This is an area of specialty handled by a rheumatologist. I am happy to do ...Read more
What could be used for treatment of Carotid Arteritis / carotidynia in patient who is allergic to Aspirin, Indomethacin. Etc.?
Carotid arteritis: This is very rare I would want to be sure of the diagnosis. That will tell you the treatment. ...Read more
I have the symptoms of Takayasu's Arteritis but an ultrasound of my carotid was normal. I've been sick for 2 years without a dx. Any idea what it is?
No: You list no specific symptoms so you question is impossible to answer. Just saying you have symptoms of Takayasus is not enough. ...Read more
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
It certainly could: Disease does not follow the usual pattern in the majority of cases. Classical circumstances are found in textbooks not clinics. ...Read more
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
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
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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Yes: They should be no problems with air travel. ...Read more
Giant cell arteritis: Giant cell arteritis is considered a vasculitis where an individual's on body's immune cells attacked the lining of the large blood vessels. This may be associated with headaches, difficulty chewing, and in severe cases visual changes and even visual loss. This is an area routinely handled by a rheumatologist. I am happy to do a consult if needed. ...Read more
GCA: GCA can cause proximal muscle weakness making it hard to climb stairs or get out of a chair; can cause blindness; can cause aortic aneurysms and can cause arterial occlusion of the arm all of which are treatable or preventable. It is an inflammation of the arteries. Problem typically treated by a Rheumatologist. ...Read more
Giant cell arteritis: The incidence of this disease is approximately 5 per 100, 000 which increases to 17 per 100, 000 after age 50. Because giant cell arteritis rarely occurs in individuals under age 40, any new onset headache in a patient over the age of 50 warrants investigation into the presence of this disease. ...Read more
You did not cause it: Arteritis is inflammation of the blood vessels. It depends on which ones were invovled. Viral infections can cause certain types of arteritis. You can get viral infections even when keeping as healthy as you can. Other types of arteritis can be associated with medical illnesses that can occur no mater how healthy you try to stay. It happened but not due to anything you did or did not do. ...Read more
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