Temporal arteritis. What is the worst thing that can happen if untreated? Do you stroke and die?

Death. You may go blind or you could go on to get an aneurysm that could rupture and kill you or you could have a stroke and die. All of these are possible if you leave this untreated. None of these will automatically occur but these are some of the possible outcomes of untreated temporal arteritis.

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Could previious strokes caused by endocarditis cause temporal arteritis?

No. Strokes in endocarditis are usually due to septic vegetation emboli breaking off the infected heart valve and going to the brain. Mycotic aneurysms can rupture causing severe life threatening hemorrhagic strokes. Temporal arteritis is an autoimmune giant cell arteritis of the temporal arteries. It is associated with polymyalgia rheumatica and has nothing to do with bacterial endocarditis. Read more...

Temporal arteritis: what is the worst thing that can happen if this was left untreated?

BLINDNESS. The arteritis could involve the ophthalmic artery or its branches and cause complete loss of vision on one or both sides. Risk of stroke affecting motor or sensory functions less common but possible. Why not treat it, as the process is potentially fully controllable? Talk to your doctor asap. Read more...

How many deaths per year from temporal arteritis (and how do they die)?

Very few. Mortality of this condition per se is very low as when recognised, the usual treatment with medium or high dose steroids is quite effecteve. The risk is in the cardiovascular system as most people of ta age are over 70 and have serious comorbid conditions. Every one dies, mostly of coronary or stroke rather than the primary problem. Read more...

Would someone with temporal arteritis go blind very fast if left untreated? Or could someone have it for a long time untreated & not go blind?

TA. Blindness due to temporal arteritis comes from occlusion of the artery that supplies blood flow to the eye. Occlusion happens suddenly - sight one minute and blind the next. Not everyone with TA becomes blind but that is the major risk of the disease and the reason that we treat aggressively and early. Read more...