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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 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


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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?

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

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

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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

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What causes takayasu arteritis?

Unknown: The cause of it is idiopathic or really unknown cause. ...Read more

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Takayasu arteritis--causes and cures?

Takayasu arteritis--causes and cures?

Steroids or surgery: Prednisone/ steroids are the main way of treatment. Some patients will require open bypass surgery in case of steroid resistance. Causes are idiopathic or unknown. It is an autoimmune disease affecting the wall of large blood vessels causing narrowing by fibrosis. ...Read more

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What is giant cell arteritis?

What is giant cell arteritis?

Vascular inflammatio: It is a specific form of vascular inflammation in which there is inflammatory disruption of vessel lining, usually with visible giant cells, which is often associated with headaches, fatigue, anemia and can produce blindness. ...Read more

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Is takayasu arteritis deadly?

Is takayasu arteritis deadly?

Unusual: Really unusual. This will depend on the artery that is involved with the disease, for example if renal arteries are involved the patient can developed severe high blood pressure and possible renal failure which can lead to death ...Read more

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Is takayasu arteritis really deadly?

It can be: This large vessel vasculitis can have very severe complications, even fatal ones if it is not aggressively treated. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of giant cell arteritis?

Headaches/vision los: Headaches, partial or complete loss of vision, shoulder and hip muscle aches are the most common. ...Read more

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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