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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).

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).

Less likely like: You are young for giant cell arthritis but there can be other reasons. It is best to have your physician have you see s rheumatologist ...Read more

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Artery (Definition)

Arteries are defined as blood vessels which carry blood away from the heart (to either the body or lungs). Arteries: higher pressure, thicker walls, stretch (pulse) with each heart contraction & deliver blood to the arterioles which control the flow to individual capillaries. Veins are blood vessels which carry blood from capillaries back to the heart (body to right heart; ...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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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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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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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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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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I've had a temporal artery biopsy 2 months ago. Is a temporal artery thermometer going to be accurate now or is it wiser to use oral temperature?

I've had a temporal artery biopsy 2 months ago. Is a temporal artery thermometer going to be accurate now or is it wiser to use oral temperature?

Temporal artery temp: There is no reason it should not be accurate as there is still blood flowing through the artery. Also, if you feel more comfortable, you can use the other side. ...Read more

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Son feeling warm to touch (99-99.4F on temporal artery equivalent to rectal). he is active and normal otherwise. (going for 6 wks now)? worried!

Son feeling warm to touch (99-99.4F on temporal artery equivalent to rectal). he is active and normal otherwise. (going for 6 wks now)? worried!

Prolonged fevers: Prolonged true fevers without other symptoms are concerning enough to warrant evaluation for 'Fever of Unknown Origin'. This is an extensive evaluation so make sure these temperature readings are real buy using an oral thermometer only (transcutaneous and tympanic membrane thermometers are not reliable). ...Read more

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Why do my superficial temporal artery and the arteries around my neck pulsate fast when lie down on the side of my head? Is it a problem with my spine

Why do my superficial temporal artery and the arteries around my neck pulsate fast when lie down on the side of my head? Is it a problem with my spine

The superficial: Temporal artery travels near the zygomatic arch, the prominent part of the facial bones in your upper cheek. Because of being near a firm structure, it is easier to see/feel. I doubt that lying down is actually making your heart beat faster, but the rapid rate is more observable. Stress/anxiety could be causing rapid beating, but it dserves a good eval with your doctor. Doubt it is your spine. ...Read more

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Can temporal arteritis subside or is it severe and gets worse? Would the temporal artery not be pulsating?

Can temporal arteritis subside or is it severe and gets worse? Would the temporal artery not be pulsating?

Inflammation: Temporal arteritis is a disease of the elderly. Usually after 60 ys. It needs urgent medical attention and doesn't subside on its own. Temporal artery can still pulsate in the presence of arteritis. Best wishes. ...Read more

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My temporal artery is still feeling thick & tough pounding harder then usual. Around my eyes have pain n eyes feel heavy. Sedate test was normal?

My temporal artery is still feeling thick & tough pounding harder then usual. Around my eyes have pain n eyes feel heavy. Sedate test was normal?

Concerning: If you are over 60 years of age, it could still be temporal arteritis/giant cell arteritis even though labs are negative. If you are younger than 60, it is most likely not. Could be migraines or cluster head aches. You need md to help assess and plan work up and treatment. ...Read more

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I'm so worried bout ta my temporal artery is thick/ tough & pain around my ear this problem comes & goes sedrate was normal I'm 21 should I worry?

I'm so worried bout ta my temporal artery is thick/ tough & pain around my ear this problem comes & goes sedrate was normal I'm 21 should I worry?

May biopsy: Ta I would not think is common at your age but nonetheless, your symptoms may or may not suggest this. With normal sed rate, I would have surgeon perform biopsy because you may have another diagnosis unrelated. On pathology, giant cells are seen. Treatment is with steroids. ...Read more

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Temporal artery color duplex to detect giant cell arteritis- how to find rheumatologist or facility that offers this biopsy alternative in ny or nj?

Ask: Ask your general physician for referral. Or ask the physician who has been treating you for a referral. If a self-diagnosis, please find a GP to start, and follow referral recommendations. ...Read more

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What would cause vasculitis in rt carotid artery and temporal arteries (or effect arteries of neck and head)? Past injury or vad a possible cause?

Probably Not: Vasculitis is usually not related to injury or prior vascular disease. Temporal arteritis (which it sounds like you might be describing) is most commonly something that "just happens" with no known cause or trigger. ...Read more

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Takayasu arteritis what r the test to no if I have this I'm getting thick tough temporal artery with pain around my ear?

Wrong vasculitis: Tenderness around the temporal artery is quite suggestive of temporal arteritis, a type of vasculitis that most surgeons call giant cell arteritis. If you truly are concerned i'd suggest seeing your pcp right away as untreated temporal arteritis can lead to blindness. Takayasu's ateritis affects the medium sized vessels of the body such as carotid and subclavian arteries. Temp artery is too small. ...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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What I'm feeling is temporal artery getting thick /tough & causing pain around my ear I'm 21 & have had a crp/ sedrate both normal what else could it?

What I'm feeling is temporal artery getting thick /tough & causing pain around my ear I'm 21 & have had a crp/ sedrate both normal what else could it?

Hello again: I am glad to see you have returned and
continue to ask the same question over and over again. See a rheumatologist. Repeat after me. "i do not have temporal arteritis.". ...Read more

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How much of a chance is it that the body can naturally dissolve a blood clot behind the eye in the temporal artery?

How much of a chance is it that the body can naturally dissolve a blood clot behind the eye in the temporal artery?

Misunderstanding: If you have temporal arteritis with loss of vision, then the problem is inflammed blood vessels, not a blood clot. This is a very serious problem and you must be on strong anti-inflammatory medications. In some cases, but not all, vision will recover. ...Read more

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Can stress cause my temporal artery get thick /tough & cause pain around my ear! My blood presure is fine I don't have high blood presure! Please answ?

Can stress cause my temporal artery get thick /tough & cause pain around my ear! My blood presure is fine I don't have high blood presure! Please answ?

No.: Temporal arteritis is what would cause thickening and results inflammation of the blood vessels in the body. If untreated it can lead to blockages or aneurysms of the arteries. Temporal arteritis can lead to blindness in severe cases. Typical symptoms include headache and tenderness over the temporal artery, which is found along the hairline near the temple of your head. Treatment is with steroid. ...Read more

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Why do I hear my heartbeat when I lie on the pillow with my ears folded (covering ear canal)? Is this because of the temporal arteries/veins near ear?

Sort of: When you lie on your side you may feel the artery pulsations in and around the ear structures but hearing the sound is not so common but it's possible that what you're hearing is the artery touching ear tissue with each beat. If These sensations are very marked, have your blood pressure checked but, more than likely, there's nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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Why can't a temporal artery biopsy be done under partial or general anesthesia instead of just local?

Why can't a temporal artery biopsy be done under partial or general anesthesia instead of just local?

Why not?: Local anesthesia is usually used for a temporal artery biopsy. This biopsy is an outpatient/ambulatory minor procedure it's done under local anesthesia. You can request IV sedation (insurance will not pay for it) but general anesthesia is an over-treatment for the minor procedure. It is very important test to rule out temporal arteritis. ...Read more

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I'm still worried bout temporal arthritis I'm 21 & my temporal artery is alil thick/tough with pain sed rate was normal could this b my problem! Help?

I'm still worried bout temporal arthritis I'm 21 & my temporal artery is alil thick/tough with pain sed rate was normal could this b my problem! Help?

TMJ: You are many many years too young for temporal arthritis so this is not something of high concern. You most likely have a TMJ and muscle dysfunction. See a dentist that treats a lot of TMJ patients. Only about 5% of dentist really understand the TMJ treatments. ...Read more