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In what way is giant cell arteritis an autoimmune disease?

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Dr. John DeWolf
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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