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Is inflamed temporal arteries life threatening?

Is inflamed temporal arteries life threatening?

Sight threatening: Temporal arteritis (aka giant cell arteritis) is an inflammatory condition of large and medium-sized arteries, including the arteries feeding the eye. Symptoms include headache, jaw pain, visual disturbances and others. If not treated promptly with steroids it can lead to blindness in one or both eyes. ...Read more

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Artery (Definition)

Arteries are a type of blood vessels. We can divide blood vessels into 2 categories. Arteries are high pressure vessels which deliver (red) oxygen + blood out into the body. Veins on the other hand or low pressure vessels which return (dark) oxygent - blood from the body ...Read more


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Can temporal arteries mimic Tmj symptoms?

Can temporal arteries mimic Tmj symptoms?

Yes, it can mimic: TMJ due to the anatomical proximity. Because temporal arteries rarely occurs in individuals under age 40, any new onset headache or TMJ disorder in a patient over the age of 50 warrants investigation into the presence of this disease. You are only 20, and temporal arteries is unlikely your diagnosis. See an orofacial pain specialist for evaluation of TMJ and treatment. ...Read more

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Why might someone have prominent temporal arteries?

Why might someone have prominent temporal arteries?

Temporal arteries: Greetings. Prominent temporal arteries are usually an anatomical variant. They can be enlarged due to inflammation such as temporal arteritis which may require a biopsy to diagnose. ...Read more

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What is the procedure for a temporal artery biopsy - and / or other artery biopsy?

What is the procedure for a temporal artery biopsy - and / or other artery biopsy?

Safe procedure: Temporal artery biopsy is a relatively simple procedure in trained hands. It is done through a very small incision in the temple area and can provide valuable information with minimal risk. ...Read more

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Is temporal artritis a problem that comes & goes or is it a problem that's always there until u do something bout it? My ear pain & temporal artery hu

Is temporal artritis a problem that comes & goes or is it a problem that's always there until u do something bout it? My ear pain & temporal artery hu

TEMPORAL ARTERITIS: The common symptoms of giant cell arteritis are headache, tenderness over one or both sides of the forehead, and feeling unwell. Other symptoms that may occur include pain in your jaw muscles when you chew which eases when you rest the jaw muscles, and visual loss. See a doctor immediately if you suspect that you have giant cell arteritis.http://patient.info/health/giant-cell-arteritis-leaflet ...Read more

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With temporal arteries blood test then biopsy and ultra sound then what other testing may need to be done ?

With temporal arteries blood test then biopsy and ultra sound then what other testing may need to be done ?

Difficult question.: Maybe nothing is best answer. Could repeat biopsy on other side or even same side or obtain mri/a to find a better site to consider, but all in all, gca should not be pursued unless you have a clinical syndrome which suggests it. If likelihood of having gca was low prior to testing and testing has been inconclusive i would suggest you probably do not gca and no further test is probably best. ...Read more

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