- 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.