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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
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
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
28 yrs old lots of physical work yesterday and I noticed my temporal arteries in forehead were sticking out, never noticed them before, need checked?
I can feel heartbeat when i touch head where temporal artery is. This normal?I ask cause never seen heartbeat checked by touching the side of the head
Normal!: When no pulse, you're in trouble. Then you need to see a doctor. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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