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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. 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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My sister had takayasu arteritis known before 5months ago . giving treatment now.but doctors are said there is no longer life.plz tell another solutio?

My sister had takayasu arteritis known before 5months ago . giving treatment now.but doctors are said there is no longer life.plz tell another solutio?

I don't understand: what you mean by "there is no longer life" Please restate the question so that we can come up with a helpful answer ...Read more

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What is the long-term outlook for polymyalgia rheumatica and temporal arteritis?

What is the long-term outlook for polymyalgia rheumatica and temporal arteritis?

Good: If treated correctly and before there is vascular damage (e.G vision loss) from gca, usually they go away after a few years of treatment with minimal residual consequences (mostly from the steroids used to treat). ...Read more

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Whats most common age for Temporal Arteritis? Headaches in left temple on & off for few years & concerned, could it go on this long w/o getting worse?

Whats most common age for Temporal Arteritis? Headaches in left temple on & off for few years & concerned, could it go on this long w/o getting worse?

55: It is more common in women than in men by a ratio of 2:1 and more common in those of Northern European descent, as well as those residing at higher (northern/southern) latitudes. The mean age of onset is >55 years, and it is rare in those younger than 55 years of age. If you suspect this your doctor can start you on steroids. Dr. M. ...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 can I do to not get arteritis?

What can I do to not get arteritis?

No known prevenion: The term "arteritis" simply means inflamed arteries. It is part of a larger group of diseases known as vasculitis. They are autoimmune in nature with most having no known mechanism. Some forms of vasculitis are associated with hepatitis b and some are result of medications and infections. Several types have genetic and ethnic predisposition such as bechet's disease and takayasu's arteritis. ...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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Is it possible to remove arteritis?

Treat inflammation.: Arteritis refers to inflammation of arteries. This is not something that can be removed by surgery, but often is something that can be treated by anti-inflammation medications such as steroids, including prednisone. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about poly arteritis nodosa?

See details: Google the term and you will gain much more detailed information than can be provided in the small space provided for answers on this site. It is a systemic medium vessel vasculitis that can effect virtually any organ system in the body. It requires early diagnosis and aggressive treatment. ...Read more

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What number of forms of arteritis are there?

Too many to list: Search the internet and read for yourself. There are numerous forms of vasculitis. They are classified by whether they involve small, medium or large vessels or whether the ANCA blood test is positive or negative. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Arteritis?

What is the definition or description of: Arteritis?

Arteritis: 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 a consult if needed. ...Read more

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I am curious about how many forms of arteritis are there?

Many: There are three main ones - takayasu's, giant cell (temporal arteritis), and polyarteritis nodosa. There are other rarer ones as well. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis for someone with takayasu's arteritis?

Generally good.: The prognosis is generally good if the disease is effectively controlled with appropriate medications. As with all systemic vasculitic diseases, an individual with takayasu's must be closely monitored by a rheumatologist and must learn when to become concerned. ...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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Who diagnoses temple arteritis?

Temporal arteritis: either an ophthalmologist, neurologist, primary care physician. Often they will ask a surgeon to do a temporal artery biopsy, but if the diagnosis is highly suspicious then steroids treatment would be recommended. ...Read more

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