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

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
Dr. Thomas Namey
Dr. Thomas Namey
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Dr. Michio Abe
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Temporal arteritis

Temporal arteritis is inflammation and damage to large and medium arteries that branch from the neck and supply the temporal area, mostly affecting people over 50.
It is also called giant cell arteritis, reflecting the type of inflammatory cells seen microscopically, and can involve arteries of large and medium sizes in any parts of the body. Without treatment, it can lead to vision loss.

In brief: Temporal arteritis

Temporal arteritis is inflammation and damage to large and medium arteries that branch from the neck and supply the temporal area, mostly affecting people over 50.
It is also called giant cell arteritis, reflecting the type of inflammatory cells seen microscopically, and can involve arteries of large and medium sizes in any parts of the body. Without treatment, it can lead to vision loss.
Dr. Michio Abe
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Head arteries

Vascular inflammatio this is an inflammation of the lining of the arteries supplying the head.
It is an older folks problem and can be quite serious including loss of vision. Diagnosis is by elevated blood sedimentation rate, physical examination and occasional biopsy. Treatment usually is higher dose steroids and it can last for a number of years. It is not contagious.

In brief: Head arteries

Vascular inflammatio this is an inflammation of the lining of the arteries supplying the head.
It is an older folks problem and can be quite serious including loss of vision. Diagnosis is by elevated blood sedimentation rate, physical examination and occasional biopsy. Treatment usually is higher dose steroids and it can last for a number of years. It is not contagious.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Vascular inflammatio

This is an inflammation of the lining of the arteries supplying the head.
It is an older folks problem and can be quite serious including loss of vision. Diagnosis is by elevated blood sedimentation rate, physical examination and occasional biopsy. Treatment usually is higher dose steroids and it can last for a number of years.

In brief: Vascular inflammatio

This is an inflammation of the lining of the arteries supplying the head.
It is an older folks problem and can be quite serious including loss of vision. Diagnosis is by elevated blood sedimentation rate, physical examination and occasional biopsy. Treatment usually is higher dose steroids and it can last for a number of years.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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