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Doctor insights on: Temporal Artery Aneurysm

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Dr. Ana Adelstein
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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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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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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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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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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

Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
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Aneurysm (Definition)

An aneurysm is an abnormally dilated blood vessel, usually defined as a diameter 2x normal or larger. As weakened vessels get larger, there is risk of potential ...Read more