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Learn more about Giant Cell Arteritis (Temporal Arteritis)

Content updated on Jan 19, 2024

What is giant cell arteritis (Temporal arteritis)?

GCA is a condition characterized by chronic inflammation of large and medium-sized blood vessels in the body. The exact cause is unknown but a faulty immune response leads the body to attack it's own blood vessels. Notably, blood vessels to the eyes may be affected leading to blindness if left untreated. Risk factors include advanced age, female gender, and other autoimmune diseases.

Symptoms of giant cell arteritis (Temporal arteritis)

  • Headache worsens with chewing

  • History of polymyalgia rheumatica

  • History of connective tissue, autoimmune or rheumatic disease

  • Fever

  • Pain over the temples

  • Headache

  • Nailbed hemorrhage (2 fingers or more)

  • Eye pain

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

  • Does chewing make your headache worse?

  • Have you ever been diagnosed with polymyalgia rheumatica?

  • Have you ever been diagnosed with a connective tissue, autoimmune, or rheumatic disease?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you have temple pain?

Treatment for giant cell arteritis (Temporal arteritis)

This condition cannot be cured but treatment can greatly slow damage to blood vessels and tissue. Common medical treatment includes steroids and anti-inflammatory medicines.

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References

  • Younger DS. Giant Cell Arteritis. Neurol Clin. 2019 May;37(2):335-344. doi: 10.1016/j.ncl.2019.01.008. Epub 2019 Mar 16. PMID: 30952412.

    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30952412/#:~:text=Abstract,cranial%20arteritis%20and%20extracranial%20GCA.

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Kenji Taylor, MD, MSc

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Dr. Taylor is a Japanese-African American physician who grew up and was educated in the United States but spent a considerable amount of time in Japan as a college student, working professional and now father of three. After graduating from Brown, he worked in finance first before attending medical school at Penn. He then completed a fellowship with the Centers for Disease Control before going on to specialize in Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) where he was also a chief resident. After a faculty position at Stanford, he moved with his family to Japan where he continues to see families on a military base outside of Tokyo, teach Japanese residents and serve remotely as a medical director for Roots Community Health Center. He also enjoys editing and writing podcast summaries for Hippo Education.

Kaito Nakamura, MD

Kaito Nakamura, MD (Rheumatology & Allergy)

Dr. Nakamura is a rheumatologist who has practiced in the Ota Nishinouchi Hospital attached to Ota General Hospital, National Health Insurance Matsudo City Hospital, Chiba University Hospital, and the National Health Insurance Asahi Central Hospital.

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