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Swollen Temporal Arteries
What conditions besides Giant Cell Arteritis might cause a swollen temporal artery? Is GCA likely in 45 year old? (Flu-like sx but neg ESR, CRP).
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
A sharp stabbing pain in left temple lasting less than 10 seconds, then pressure in the area for 3 hrs now. Arteries feel swollen/enlarged. Help?
Vein my right temple seems to be slightly swollen, pulse is very strong and is tender to the touch but no other symptoms. Temporal arteritis?
Temporal arteritis: You describe a swollen "vein" in the temple. Temporal arteritis is an inflammatory condition of uncertain ideology affecting the temporal artery and other large arteries, like the aorta. It is unlikely that you have this condition. However, the best option is to see an MD urgently, as giant cell arteritis can cause occlusion of the ophthalmic artery and blindness. Treatment is may be needed. ...Read more
Painful temporal vein, tender all the way from top of ear to top of head. Also swollen. Could this be something other than temporal arteritis?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Skin splitting: Blocked arteries do not cause the skin to split. This usually occurs when one has eczema, which is not a problem of the circulation. If an artery supplying the skin does get completely blocked, it can cause the area of the skin supplied by that artery to die and to slough off. ...Read more
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