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Doctor insights on: Temporal Arteritis Treatment

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Is there any treatment for temporal arteritis other than prednisone?

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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Giant Cell Arteritis (Definition)

Giant cell arteritis is a condition in which a person has inflammation and damage to blood vessels that supply the head area, neck, upper body, and arms. The affected areas may have pain, swollen blood vessels, ...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?

Rarely: It is possible, but extremely rare. One neurologist i used to work with said that unless there is overwhelming evidence, being under 50 virtually excludes it. ...Read more

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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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Dr. Sewa Legha
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Giant Cell Arteritis (Temporal Arteritis) (Definition)

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


Dr. Bruce Rothschild
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Arteritis (Definition)

Arteritis is a term for inflammation of an artery. Many conditions that cause arteritis are caused by a person's own ...Read more