Giant cell arteritis is also known as temporal arteritis or cranial arteritis. Timely treatment is crucial for prevention of permanent loss of vision and tissue damage. Know its symptoms, treatment, diagnosis, prevention.
Temporal arteritis - Giant cell Arteritis. Inflammatory process assoc with lupus, RA or infections. Unilateral, severe pain, constant. "Classic" S&S tenderness over temporal artery. F:M 3:1, avg onset 65-70 yo. Rare <50, Decr blood supply to optic nerve may cause blindness. Sed rate very high, norm in 20%. Biopsy for confirm. Admit, high-dose steroids, analgesic, neuro consult.