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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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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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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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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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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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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 this disease called "temporal arteritis"?

What is this disease called "temporal arteritis"?

Vasculitis: Another name for this is giant cell arteritis, and this is an 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 steroids. ...Read more

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Have daily headaches have temporal arteritis what causes headaches?

Have daily headaches have temporal arteritis what causes headaches?

Bx confirmed?: Temporal arteritis is a serious issue and should be confirmed with bx and more recently, mra studies. It is a very high grade inflammatory disease, and requires staunch antiinflammatory rx. Pain comes from inflammation of the cerebral vessels that have "giant cell vasculitis."however, if your inflammation numbers (CRP) are down, your headaches may have another cause. Steroids, mtx, and tnf-a are rxs. ...Read more

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Is Temporal arteritis a symptom of lupus? Is there any connection?

Is Temporal arteritis a symptom of lupus? Is there any connection?

Rare if possible: Temporal arteries is an inflammatory vasculitis that can obliterate the head blood vessels like the temporal artery (large sized). Systemic lupus can cause vasculitis & more often involves smaller caliber vessels in the kidneys, finger tips and organs. Medium sized arteries are rarely affected, & large vessels are not involved in lupus. ...Read more

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The doctors believe my in law has temporal arteritis. Could you please explain a little more?

The doctors believe my in law has temporal arteritis.  Could you please explain a little more?

Blood vessel inflam!: Temporal arteritis is s serious and potential life threating inflammatory reaction in the walls of the temporal artery, and elsewhere, that can occlude, causing stroke, blindness, paralysis.It is a variant of giant cell arteritis and is usually dxed with biopsy and/or mra. Older treaments used high-dose steroids, ie. Prednisone. Recently the tnf-a inhibitors, Humira and Enbrel (etanercept) have shown efficacy! ...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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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

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. Katharine Cox
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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