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Temporal Artery Biopsy
Biopsy is tissue removed by needle or cutting to remove part of a body part. It is usually a small amount of material that is processed by a pathologist. Most of the time it is stained and looked at through a microscope to arrive at a diagnosis. Special processes are done for some tissues or problems. The purpose is to tell what the problem is (diagnosis). ...Read more
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?
Why can't a temporal artery biopsy be done under partial or general anesthesia instead of just local?
Why not?: Local anesthesia is usually used for a temporal artery biopsy. This biopsy is an outpatient/ambulatory minor procedure it's done under local anesthesia. You can request IV sedation (insurance will not pay for it) but general anesthesia is an over-treatment for the minor procedure. It is very important test to rule out temporal arteritis. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Are there alternatives to a temporal artery biopsy to diagnose GCA? Because of trauma history I would not be able to to a TAB (local anesthesia)
With temporal arteries blood test then biopsy and ultra sound then what other testing may need to be done ?
Difficult question.: Maybe nothing is best answer. Could repeat biopsy on other side or even same side or obtain mri/a to find a better site to consider, but all in all, gca should not be pursued unless you have a clinical syndrome which suggests it. If likelihood of having gca was low prior to testing and testing has been inconclusive i would suggest you probably do not gca and no further test is probably best. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If other blood vessels take over post temporal arteritis biopsy, why don't these vessels take over before tab to aid the artery when it is inflammed?
Temporal arteritis: In temporal arteritis lots of the blood vessels in the head and brain are inflammed. For biopsy, the temporal artery is picked because 1. Often affected 2. Easily accessed 3. Close by blood vessels can re-channel the blood to the areas supplied by the temporal artery. However, there are many other blood vessles, particularly in the brain that carry blood to tissues where no other artery flows. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have been diagnosed with pmr and gca is there any other treatment the steroids i also am going to a tempral arterie biopsy where exactly will it be?
Doubt the diagnosis: I have never seen this diagnosis in a 30 year old. Get a 2nd opinion. Have you seen a rheumatologist? ...Read more
Arteries are a type of blood vessels. We can divide blood vessels into 2 categories. Arteries are high pressure vessels which deliver (red) oxygen + blood out into the body. Veins on the other hand or low pressure vessels which return (dark) oxygent - blood from the body ...Read more
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