Giant Cell Arteritis (Temporal Arteritis) Quiz

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Content updated on Jun 1, 2022

What is giant cell arteritis (Temporal arteritis)?

Inflammation of the large blood vessels in the body, caused by autoimmunity (the body attacking itself). Importantly, the blood vessels to the eyes may be affected, causing blindness. Risk factors include advanced age, female gender, and other autoimmune diseases.

Symptoms of giant cell arteritis (Temporal arteritis)

  • Headache worsens with chewing

  • Fever

  • Pain over the temples

  • Headache

  • Pain when pressing the sides of the head

  • Throbbing headache

  • History of polymyalgia rheumatica

  • Eye pain

Questions your doctor may ask to check for giant cell arteritis (Temporal arteritis)

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose giant cell arteritis (Temporal arteritis)

  • Does your headache worsen when you chew?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you have pain around your temples?

  • Do you have headaches or does your head feel heavy?

  • Do you have pain when you press temples at the moment?

Treatment for giant cell arteritis (Temporal arteritis)

This condition cannot be cured, but treatment can reduce and slow damage to the blood vessels and tissue. This is done through steroids and anti-inflammation medicines.

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