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How can I treat temporal arteritis?

How can I treat temporal arteritis?

Steroids : If you were diagnosed with or even highly suspected of having temporal arteritis, you need to be on steroids urgently. A temporal artery biopsy can confirm the diagnosis, but steroids should be started first. Steroids can been tapered slowly over time according to your doctors recommendation. ...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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What are the symptoms of temporal arteritis?

What are the symptoms of temporal arteritis?

Headache, visual: Headache, segmental loss of vision, jaw pain, fever and fatigue are the major symptoms. ...Read more

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What are the signs of temporal arteritis?

Temporal arteritis: Excessive sweating, fever,
general ill feeling
jaw pain that comes and goes or occurs when chewing
loss of appetite, muscle aches
pain and stiffness in the neck, upper arms, shoulder, and hips
throbbing headache on one side of the head or the back of the head
scalp sensitivity, tenderness when touching the scalp
vision difficulties blurred vision
double vision reduced vision
weakness, tiredness. ...Read more

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Are biopsies needed to confirm the diagnosis of temporal arteritis?

Are biopsies needed to confirm the diagnosis of temporal arteritis?

Definitely, yes: The gold standard for diagnosing temporal arteritis is a positive temporal artery biopsy. ...Read more

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What is use to diagnose temporal arteritis i was told it only happens i women but having severe headaches for a year sore tempals?

SEE BELOW: Typically, this occurs in far more elderly people, but, if a question, screening is done using sedimentation rate, and c-reactive protein. If elevated, a temporal artery biopsy should be confirmatory. Since you have experienced symptoms for over a year and have not lost vision, doubt you have temporal or giant cell arteritis. Maybe you have problems with your jaws. Consult with oral surgeon. ...Read more

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My doctor said doing a sedate blood test was good enough to figure out if i had temporal arteritis i'm 21 & test was normal but thick artery & poundin?

Should be fine: Temporal arteritis is a problem of older folks, and usually sed rate is conclusive, but rarely only CRP level elevated, but these are elderly pts with immune issues. I personally would not recommend biopsy, and it is more likely that the pulsations are associated with migraine than giant cell arteritis. ...Read more

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Could previous strokes caused by endocarditis cause temporal arteritis?

Could previous strokes caused by endocarditis cause temporal arteritis?

No: Temporal arteritis is and inflammatory condition of the artery, and would not be caused by endocarditis. Temporal arteritis can cause a stroke though. ...Read more

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Is there any treatment for temporal arteritis other than prednisone?

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Is there any treatment for temporal arteritis other than prednisone?

Tocilizumab: So for a fraction of people with temporal arthritis, they possess extremely elevated il-6 levels. Il-6 is a protein that increases with inflammation and is thought to contribute to several autoimmune diseases. John stone (mgh, harvard) has described the use of tocilizumab which blocks the activity of il-6 in these patients with very good results. It may not work for everyone, so discuss with md. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for temporal arteritis?

Steroids: Usually steroids once DX is proven by temporal artery biopsy. ...Read more

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How come I have temporal arteritis, but nobody else in the family has it?

How come I have temporal arteritis, but nobody else in the family has it?

Not infection: Temporal arteritis is not infection or genetic, it is autoimmune treated with steroids, can have other body symptoms than headache in polymyalgia---can threaten vision--see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have temporal arteritis are all headaches I get caused by this disease? Some are very painful

I have temporal arteritis are all headaches I get caused by this disease? Some are very painful

They could be.: Temporal arteritis, also known as giant cell arteritis, is a systemic autoimmune vasculitis that affects the lining of arteries throughout the body. It is uncommon in patients below 60 and can be chronic and recurrent. The difficulty in managment is in knowing which symptoms are not due to the gca or treatment side effects. Presentation can be highly variable. Exam and work up is key. CRP too. ...Read more

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Does temporal arteritis just affect in their 50's or can I afect young men too?

It certainly could: Disease does not follow the usual pattern in the majority of cases. Classical circumstances are found in textbooks not clinics. ...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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How can I treat temporal arteritis?

Steroids : If you were diagnosed with or even highly suspected of having temporal arteritis, you need to be on steroids urgently. A temporal artery biopsy can confirm the diagnosis, but steroids should be started first. Steroids can been tapered slowly over time according to your doctors recommendation. ...Read more

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What can I do for temporal arteritis?

What can I do for temporal arteritis?

Steroids: Steroids, most commonly, prednisone, are the only generally accepted treatment for the symptoms of ta. Other medications have been used with varying and mostly disappointing results. ...Read more

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What are the signs of temporal arteritis?

Temporal arteritis: Excessive sweating, fever,
general ill feeling
jaw pain that comes and goes or occurs when chewing
loss of appetite, muscle aches
pain and stiffness in the neck, upper arms, shoulder, and hips
throbbing headache on one side of the head or the back of the head
scalp sensitivity, tenderness when touching the scalp
vision difficulties blurred vision
double vision reduced vision
weakness, tiredness. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get temporal arteritis?

No: There are certain populations that are at risk including those of scandinavian ancestry, but it can be found in all populations including blacks, asians, etc there is not a clear picture to predict who gets it but these are generalizations. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of temporal arteritis?

Headache, visual: Headache, segmental loss of vision, jaw pain, fever and fatigue are the major symptoms. ...Read more

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Symptoms of temporal arteritis should be what?

Headache: Initially the headache may be the only presenting symptom with the temporal and occipital regions being the most common locations. Tender spots or nodules may be present in the scalp, especially over inflamed arteries. ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about temporal arteritis?

Form of vasculitis: Also called giant cell arteritis this condition causes inflammation in large blood vessels usually affecting the temporal arteries. Other vessels may be involved but the temporal arteries found near the temple are most commonly involved. At its worst, this could cause loss of vision in one or both eyes. It may often be associated with acheness in the upper arms and legs called poly myalgia rheumat. ...Read more

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What if predisones doesn't help for temporal arteritis?

Rare: Prednisone is veryy effective, and the3 dosge can be manipulated to reduce the inflammatory process. In the RARE case it does not work, several other antimetabolite medications are available ...Read more

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What kinds of symptoms would suggest temporal arteritis?

There are many: Temporal arteritis(ta) is an inflammation of the arteries. It is an autoimmune process. The signs and symptoms are related to the location of the inflammation. This inflammation leads to swelling of the internal canal of the artery resulting in decreased blood flow. Severe headache, jaw pain, scalp tenderness, visual loss, sometimes fever, weight loss, muscle aches, occur. ...Read more

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Does temporal arteritis manifest any particular symptoms?

There are many: Temporal arteritis(ta) is an inflammation of the arteries. The signs and symptoms are related to the location of the inflammation. This inflammation leads to swelling of the internal canal of the artery resulting in decreased blood flow. Arteries of the head and neck are most commonly involved. Severe headache, jaw pain, scalp tenderness, visual loss, sometimes fever, weight loss, muscle aches. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Temporal arteritis?

Inflammatory reactio: Also known as giant cell arterities it is an inflammatory reaction of the temporal artey left untreated may lead to blindness
Treatment includes steroids if suspicious
Often time a biopsy of the temporal artery is helpful
Blood test ESR also known as sedimentation rate is done ...Read more

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Down the line, later - is there normal life after temporal arteritis?

Absolutely: Most of the time you are going to do well and not have long term problems or consequence but you should get this treated. ...Read more

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How many deaths per year from temporal arteritis (and how do they die)?

How many deaths per year from temporal arteritis (and how do they die)?

Very few: Mortality of this condition per se is very low as when recognised, the usual treatment with medium or high dose steroids is quite effecteve. The risk is in the cardiovascular system as most people of ta age are over 70 and have serious comorbid conditions.
Every one dies, mostly of coronary or stroke rather than the primary problem. ...Read more

Dr. Bruce Rothschild
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Giant Cell Arteritis (Definition)

Giant cell arteritis is considered a vasculitis where an individual's on body's immune cells attacked the lining of the large blood vessels. This may be associated with headaches, difficulty chewing, and in severe cases visual changes and even visual loss. This is an area routinely handled by a rheumatologist. I am happy to do ...Read more


Dr. Corey Clay
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Giant Cell Arteritis (Temporal Arteritis) (Definition)

Also called giant cell arteritis, this is a condition of inflammation of the arteries in the head resulting in headache, fever, scalp pain, jaw pain, and vision loss. ...Read more