Temporal Arteritis

  • Temporal arteritis, also known as giant cell arteritis, is an inflammatory condition affecting the medium-sized blood vessels that supply the head, eyes, and optic nerves.
  • The disease usually affects those over 60 years of age and causes the vessels in the temple and scalp to become swollen and tender
  • Women are approximately 4 times more likely to suffer from this disease than men.
  • If a vital artery to the eye is affected it can lead to blindness
  • Elderly people with polymyalgia rheumatica are at the highest risk.

Links: eyewiki.aao.org/Giant_Cell_Arteritis
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001484/

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