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Doctor insights on: How Does Temporal Arteritis Cause Blindness

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Would someone with temporal arteritis go blind very fast if left untreated? Or could someone have it for a long time untreated & not go blind?

Would someone with temporal arteritis go blind very fast if left untreated? Or could someone have it for a long time untreated & not go blind?

TA: Blindness due to temporal arteritis comes from occlusion of the artery that supplies blood flow to the eye. Occlusion happens suddenly - sight one minute and blind the next. Not everyone with TA becomes blind but that is the major risk of the disease and the reason that we treat aggressively and early. ...Read more

Dr. Damien Luviano
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Blindness (Definition)

Vision impairment and blindness are conditions in which a person cannot see well or see at all, even with glasses or contact lenses. If a person's best vision (with correction) out of either eye is only 20/70 - 20/200, he is impaired. If he can see no better than 20/200 or his visual field is no more than 20 degrees (severe "tunnel" vision), ...Read more


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Can my mother live alone? She has temporal arteritis; she is now blind in one eye; she is insulin diabetic; she has inflamatory bowl disease

Can my mother live alone? She has temporal arteritis; she is now blind in one eye; she is insulin diabetic; she has inflamatory bowl disease

It's : It's really not possible to say for sure without knowing your mother's overall performance status. There are people with the conditions you've described who would do well on their own , but there are others who would be overwhelmed by any one of them. I guess my biggest concern would be whether she can see well enough to check her blood sugar and give herself insulin. If she's getting steroids for the arteritis, her blood sugar will be very high and difficult to manage. ...Read more

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I have temporal arteritis doctor said I should only worry about headaches on side of my temple. Headaches else where shouldn't worry me but they do I am unsure about when to increase steroids fear of blindness.?

I have temporal arteritis doctor said I should only worry about headaches on side of my temple. Headaches else where shouldn't worry me but they do I am unsure about when to increase steroids fear of blindness.?

Biopsy?: Depending on how long you've been on steriods you may want to consider a biopsy to confirm the diagnosis. The longer you've been treated the more likely you are to have a less helpful - false negative - result. Your doctor may also follow some blood work (ESR) to see how you are responding to treatment. ...Read more

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Have daily headaches have temporal arteritis what causes headaches?

Have daily headaches have temporal arteritis what causes headaches?

Bx confirmed?: Temporal arteritis is a serious issue and should be confirmed with bx and more recently, mra studies. It is a very high grade inflammatory disease, and requires staunch antiinflammatory rx. Pain comes from inflammation of the cerebral vessels that have "giant cell vasculitis."however, if your inflammation numbers (CRP) are down, your headaches may have another cause. Steroids, mtx, and tnf-a are rxs. ...Read more

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Could previous strokes caused by endocarditis cause temporal arteritis?

No: Temporal arteritis is and inflammatory condition of the artery, and would not be caused by endocarditis. Temporal arteritis can cause a stroke though. ...Read more

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Could previious strokes caused by endocarditis cause temporal arteritis?

No: Strokes in endocarditis are usually due to septic vegetation emboli breaking off the infected heart valve and going to the brain. Mycotic aneurysms can rupture causing severe life threatening hemorrhagic strokes. Temporal arteritis is an autoimmune giant cell arteritis of the temporal arteries. It is associated with polymyalgia rheumatica and has nothing to do with bacterial endocarditis. ...Read more

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I have temporal arteritis are all headaches I get caused by this disease? Some are very painful

I have temporal arteritis are all headaches I get caused by this disease? Some are very painful

They could be.: Temporal arteritis, also known as giant cell arteritis, is a systemic autoimmune vasculitis that affects the lining of arteries throughout the body. It is uncommon in patients below 60 and can be chronic and recurrent. The difficulty in managment is in knowing which symptoms are not due to the gca or treatment side effects. Presentation can be highly variable. Exam and work up is key. CRP too. ...Read more

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Can pain caused by temporal arteritis be relieved by exercise?

No: Temporal arteritis is a vasculitis or blood vessel inflammation. It is unusual to have it at your age. Exercise does not help it. If this is really what you have, it must be treated with steroids like Prednisone. See a doctor to be tested and examined. Good luck! ...Read more

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How can I tell which headache is caused by temporal arteritis or from my eyes or something else?

You cannot: Consult with your physician as they may need to do blood test as well as further detailed examinations. Only by determining the cause can a treatment be designed. ...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


Dr. Tim Conrad
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Vision Loss (Definition)

Vision loss is where a person becomes unable to see to the extent that they were previously able. This can include a total loss of vision, a loss of visual acuity, or a loss of part ...Read more