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Dr. Bruce Rothschild
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Giant Cell Arteritis (Overview)

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, and tender blood vessels.


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My sister has developed giant cell arteritis. What is it exactly?

My sister has developed giant cell arteritis. What is it exactly?

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

Dr. Bruce Rothschild
308 doctors shared insights

Giant Cell Arteritis (Overview)

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, and tender blood vessels.


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What are the symptoms of giant cell arteritis?

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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Are there medications that have been found on occasion to later lead to giant cell arteritis? Like birth control or accutane?

Unknown: No one really knows what causes giant cell arteritis or inflammation of the blood vessels. I hvae never heard of any relationship to birth control or Accutane use. ...Read more

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Could you give me any info regarding the illness giant cell arteritis?

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

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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