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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

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 giant cell arteritis?

What are the symptoms of giant cell arteritis?

Headaches/vision los: Headaches, partial or complete loss of vision, shoulder and hip muscle aches are the most common. ...Read more

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What is giant cell arteritis and how dangerous is it?

?loss of vision: Temporal arteritis (giant cell arteritis) typically presents with severe pain over the temple and can lead to blindness, but rarely may cause a stroke. If present, the patient needs to start steroids asap to prevent severe irreversible problems. ...Read more

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My sister has developed giant cell arteritis. What is it exactly?

GCA: GCA can cause proximal muscle weakness making it hard to climb stairs or get out of a chair; can cause blindness; can cause aortic aneurysms and can cause arterial occlusion of the arm all of which are treatable or preventable. It is an inflammation of the arteries. Problem typically treated by a Rheumatologist. ...Read more

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What is giant cell arteritis?

Vascular inflammatio: It is a specific form of vascular inflammation in which there is inflammatory disruption of vessel lining, usually with visible giant cells, which is often associated with headaches, fatigue, anemia and can produce blindness. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Giant cell arteritis?

What is the definition or description of: Giant cell arteritis?

Giant cell arteritis: 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 a consult if needed. ...Read more

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Could you give me any info regarding the illness giant cell arteritis?

Giant cell arteritis: The incidence of this disease is approximately 5 per 100,000 which increases to 17 per 100,000 after age 50. Because giant cell arteritis rarely occurs in individuals under age 40, any new onset headache in a patient over the age of 50 warrants investigation into the presence of this disease. ...Read more

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In what way is giant cell arteritis an autoimmune disease?

Inflammation: Giant cell arteritis is an inflammation of the lining of your arteries — the blood vessels that carry oxygen-rich blood from your heart to the rest of your body. Most often, it affects the arteries in your head, especially those in your temples. It is the result of your immune system wrongly targeting your own tissue and that's why it's called an autoimmune disease. ...Read more

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How are polymyalgia rheumatica and giant cell arteritis diagnosed?

Overlapping: They are overlapping disorders. They can occur separately or together. Clinical experience of the doctor and elevated erythrocyte sedimentationrate are the most reliable findings. ...Read more

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What research is being conducted to help people who have polymyalgia rheumatica and giant cell arteritis?

Not aware of new res: I am not aware of new research, I am sure its being done. As pertaining to the eyes gca is crucially important to treat before eye get involved, there is a serious risk of blindness. ...Read more

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Can you give me more info on giant cell arteritis ?

Giant cell arteritis: Inflammatory disease of blood vessels most commonly involving large and medium arteries of the head, predominantly the branches of the external carotid artery. It is a form of vasculitis. The most serious complication of gca is permanent blindness, though this can be prevented by prompt treatment with corticosteroids. ...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. Mark Pack
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Giant Cell Arteritis (Temporal Arteritis) (Definition)

An inflammation of the arteries in the head, resulting in headaches, fever, scalp pain, jaw pain, and loss of vision. ...Read more