Giant cell arteritis

Vanessa Quick, John Kirwan*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Nearly one in 130 people over the age of 50 develop giant cell arteritis putting them at risk of sudden blindness. The disorder can be difficult to diagnose, moreover empiric high dose glucocorticoid treatment carries the risk of potentially serious medication side effects. Clinical acumen supported by temporal artery biopsy is the mainstay of diagnosis. This chapter reviews the epidemiologic, clinicopathologic features, diagnosis and treatment of giant cell arteritis, as well as the integration of temporal artery ultrasonography and biopsy into clinical care pathways for a more efficient and reliable diagnostic approach.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGeneral Considerations and Systemic Vasculitis
PublisherNova Science Publishers Inc
Number of pages26
ISBN (Print)9781634631389, 9781634631105
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2014


  • Giant Cell Arteritis
  • Temporal Artery Biopsy
  • Temporal Artery Ultrasound
  • Vasculitis


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