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How can I treat temporal arteritis?

How can I treat temporal arteritis?

Steroids : If you were diagnosed with or even highly suspected of having temporal arteritis, you need to be on steroids urgently. A temporal artery biopsy can confirm the diagnosis, but steroids should be started first. Steroids can been tapered slowly over time according to your doctors recommendation. ...Read more

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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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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 is temporal arteritis?

What is temporal arteritis?

Inflammation: Temporal arteritis (ta) is a non-infectious inflammation of the temporal arteries, ususally seen in individuals over 50 yrs. Headache or head pains are the most common complaint, associated with tender temporal arteries. Other symptoms include jaw claudication, anorexia, fever, anemia and elevated wbc. An elevated sedimentation rate(esr) is typically above 80mm/hr, but ta can occur with normal esr. ...Read more

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What is temporal arteritis?

Artery inflammation: Also known as "giant cell arteritis" is an auto-immune disease characterized by inflammation of the vessels of the head and neck. Its cause is unknown. It is more common in women and usually is seen in the elderly. Definitive diagnosis requires removal of a portion of the superficial temporal artery and examination under a microscope looking for "giant cells" that are damaging the arteries. ...Read more

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What can I do for temporal arteritis?

What can I do for temporal arteritis?

Steroids: Steroids, most commonly, prednisone, are the only generally accepted treatment for the symptoms of ta. Other medications have been used with varying and mostly disappointing results. ...Read more

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What are the signs of temporal arteritis?

Temporal arteritis: Excessive sweating, fever, general ill feeling jaw pain that comes and goes or occurs when chewing loss of appetite, muscle aches pain and stiffness in the neck, upper arms, shoulder, and hips throbbing headache on one side of the head or the back of the head scalp sensitivity, tenderness when touching the scalp vision difficulties blurred vision double vision reduced vision weakness, tiredness. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get temporal arteritis?

No: There are certain populations that are at risk including those of scandinavian ancestry, but it can be found in all populations including blacks, asians, etc there is not a clear picture to predict who gets it but these are generalizations. ...Read more

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Symptoms of temporal arteritis should be what?

Headache: Initially the headache may be the only presenting symptom with the temporal and occipital regions being the most common locations. Tender spots or nodules may be present in the scalp, especially over inflamed arteries. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Seibert
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Giant Cell Arteritis (Temporal Arteritis) (Definition)

Temporal arteritis, also called giant cell arteritis, is a condition of inflammation of the arteries in the head resulting in headache, fever, scalp pain, jaw pain, and vision loss. ...Read more


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