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#1
Horia Tudor Stanca, Elena Suvac, Mihnea Munteanu, Dragoş Cătălin Jianu, Andrei Gheorghe Marius Motoc, Gavril Cosmin Roşca, Ovidiu Boruga
Giant cell arteritis (GCA) is an inflammatory vasculitis of unknown etiology that mainly involves large and medium arteries, particularly the cranial branches of the aorta. GCA with consecutive arteritic-anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (A-AION) has rarely been diagnosed in Romania. Recently, we encountered an 83-year-old patient who presented with left eye visual impairment and corresponding optic disc diffusely swollen and pale. He also had typical manifestations of GCA, such as malaise, and temporal headache, and a highly elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rate and C-reactive protein level...
2017: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508663/-18-f-fdg-pet-ct-in-polymyalgia-rheumatica-a-pictorial-review
#2
Zdenek Rehak, Andrea Sprlakova-Pukova, Tomas Kazda, Zdenek Fojtik, Lenka Vargova, Petr Nemec
Polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) is one of the inflammatory rheumatic diseases that can potentially be detected by PET/CT. High (18)F-FDG accumulation around the shoulders, sternoclavicular and hip joints are the most common pre-treatment features of PMR patients. Another common sign is increased (18)F-FDG uptake in extraarticular regions between columnal spinous processes, near ischial tuberosities and in the praepubic area. Some patients also present with high (18)F-FDG uptake in main arteries, corresponding to the characteristics of giant cell arteritis...
May 16, 2017: British Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503707/the-value-of-ultrasound-in-diagnosing-extracranial-large-vessel-vasculitis-compared-to-fdg-pet-ct-a-retrospective-study
#3
Christian Löffler, Johannes Hoffend, Urs Benck, Bernhard K Krämer, Raoul Bergner
Large-vessel vasculitis (LVV) is a group of diseases mainly comprised of giant-cell arteritis (GCA), Takayasu arteritis, and a series of rare diseases like Behçet's disease, IgG4-related disease, infectious aortitis, and other unfrequent entities. Besides clinical and laboratory features, Doppler sonography (DS) can assist in establishing the diagnosis. Its diagnostic sensitivity has been evaluated in various studies, most of them, however, in temporal arteritis (TA) respectively in LVV with involvement of the temporal artery...
May 15, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502640/a-cohort-study-reveals-myocarditis-to-be-a-rare-and-life-threatening-presentation-of-large-vessel-vasculitis
#4
Katie Bechman, Deepa Gopalan, Petros Nihoyannopoulos, Justin C Mason
BACKGROUND: The predominant forms of adult large vessel vasculitis (LVV) are giant cell arteritis (GCA) and Takayasu arteritis (TA). Cardiac involvement in LVV is a cause of morbidity and mortality, particularly in TA. Cardiac failure is most commonly secondary to uncontrolled arterial hypertension or myocardial ischaemia. Pulmonary hypertension and aortic valve incompetence following ascending aortic dilatation represent other serious cardiovascular complications. However, cardiac failure as a consequence of myocarditis is rarely reported, principally in single case reports or in autopsy studies...
April 4, 2017: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500877/clinically-isolated-aortitis-pitfalls-progress-and-possibilities
#5
REVIEW
Ilkay Cinar, He Wang, James R Stone
Non-infectious aortitis may be caused by several distinct systemic rheumatologic diseases. In some patients, aortitis is identified either pathologically or radiologically in the absence of clinical evidence of a systemic vasculitis. By consensus nomenclature, such cases are referred to as clinically isolated aortitis (CIA). Some systemic disorders may initially present as CIA including giant cell arteritis (GCA), IgG4-related disease, infectious aortitis, and granulomatosis with polyangiitis. CIA most commonly occurs in women of European descent over the age of 50 and, thus, mirrors the gender, age, and geographic distribution of GCA...
April 23, 2017: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499892/tocilizumab-for-giant-cell-arteritis-with-corticosteroid-resistant-progressive-anterior-ischemic-optic-neuropathy
#6
Julien Vionnet, Guillaume Buss, Cédric Mayer, Arseny A Sokolov, François-Xavier Borruat, François Spertini
BACKGROUND: Giant cell arteritis is an inflammatory disorder of the medium- and large-size arteries. Permanent visual loss related to arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy is among the most serious complications of this disease and initial treatment usually consists in high dose corticosteroids. There is no consensus in the literature concerning the optimal therapeutic approach in giant cell arteritis patients with corticosteroid-resistant arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy...
May 9, 2017: Joint, Bone, Spine: Revue du Rhumatisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496512/takayasu-s-arteritis-presenting-with-headache-and-peripheral-facial-palsy-a-case-report
#7
Maryam Sotoudeh Anvari, Farzad Masoudkabir, Kyomars Abbasi, Mohammad Ali Boroumand, Manijeh Zarghampour, Hamidreza Goodarzynejad
Takayasu's arteritis (TA) is a rare case of granulomatous arteritis which mainly involves the aorta and its large branches. Although arterial hypertension is the most common feature of the disease in both adults and children, patients with TA may present with numerous clinical manifestations. Our patient was a 45-year-old woman, known to have hypertension from 3 years earlier following assessments made for severe headache. One year after the diagnosis of hypertension, she developed a left-sided lower motor neuron facial palsy, which was treated with oral corticosteroids (Prednisolone)...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Tehran Heart Center
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496218/case-report-giant-cell-arteritis-warning
#8
T Lynn
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 12, 2017: British Dental Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495949/the-central-bright-spot-sign-a-potential-new-mr-imaging-sign-for-the-early-diagnosis-of-anterior-ischemic-optic-neuropathy-due-to-giant-cell-arteritis
#9
P Remond, A Attyé, A Lecler, L Lamalle, N Boudiaf, F Aptel, A Krainik, C Chiquet
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: A rapid identification of the etiology of anterior ischemic optic neuropathy is crucial because it determines therapeutic management. Our aim was to assess MR imaging to study the optic nerve head in patients referred with anterior ischemic optic neuropathy, due to either giant cell arteritis or the nonarteritic form of the disease, compared with healthy subjects. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fifteen patients with giant cell arteritis-related anterior ischemic optic neuropathy and 15 patients with nonarteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy from 2 medical centers were prospectively included in our study between August 2015 and May 2016...
May 11, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491267/update-on-the-management-of-giant-cell-arteritis
#10
REVIEW
Janet Roberts, Alison Clifford
Giant cell arteritis (GCA) is a large vessel vasculitis that may be associated with significant complications such as blindness, stroke, or aortic aneurysm and dissection in a subset of patients. Given the serious side effects associated with prolonged courses of glucocorticoids and frequent relapses experienced when doses are tapered, increased efforts are being dedicated to the discovery of safer and more effective therapies to control this disease. The purpose of this review is to critically evaluate the role of glucocorticoid-sparing agents in the medical management of GCA with a special focus on the most recent evidence regarding the role of biologic agents, including tocilizumab (TCZ), abatacept and ustekinumab, and other novel therapies...
April 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Chronic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485026/giant-cell-arteritis-beyond-temporal-artery-biopsy-and-steroids
#11
REVIEW
Jem V Ninan, Susan Lester, Catherine L Hill
Giant cell arteritis is the commonest primary vasculitis of the elderly. The acute complications of untreated Giant cell arteritis such as vision loss or occasionally stroke can be devastating. The diagnosis is however not altogether straightforward due to variable sensitivities of the temporal artery biopsy as a reference diagnostic test. In this review, we discuss the increasing role of imaging in the diagnosis of Giant cell arteritis. Glucocorticoid treatment is the backbone of therapy but it is associated with significant adverse effects...
May 9, 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483156/-bilateral-papilledema
#12
REVIEW
M-B Rougier
This article will review the current standard of care in the diagnosis and management of bilateral optic disc edema. Two emergent conditions must be considered first: secondary intracranial hypertension (cerebral tumor, cerebral thrombophlebitis…) and arteritic ischemic optic neuropathy (or giant cell arteritis). Having ruled out these two diagnoses, the management follows various steps in order to: (i) rule out pseudo-edema, and (ii) determine the underlying cause of the edema: papilledema, non-arteritic ischemic optic neuropathy or papillitis...
May 2017: Journal Français D'ophtalmologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479485/new-insights-into-the-pathogenesis-of-giant-cell-arteritis
#13
REVIEW
Francesco Ciccia, Aroldo Rizzo, Angelo Ferrante, Giuliana Guggino, Stefania Croci, Alberto Cavazza, Carlo Salvarani, Giovanni Triolo
Giant cell arteritis (GCA) is an inflammatory chronic disease occurring exclusively in elderly individuals. Until recently, the disease has been considered a unique disease resulting from the interaction in the walls of susceptible arteries, between an unknown infectious agents with local dendritic cells (DCs), activated CD4 T cells and effector macrophages. Recent evidence has shown that this view was too simplistic and has clarified many of the pathogenetic aspects of the disease. Many genetic studies recently published have identified different new genes, including cytokines, adhesion molecules and regulators of innate immunity, as crucial players in the development and progression of GCA...
May 4, 2017: Autoimmunity Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473023/-ischaemic-necrosis-of-the-tongue-due-to-temporal-arteritis
#14
Jonas Møller Larsen, Kristine Aabenhus
An 85-year-old woman was admitted to hospital due to newly onset of atrial flutter and fever. Biochemical workup showed elevated infection parameters. Empirical antibiotic treatment was initiated without convincing effect. The patient complained of tongue pain and decreased unilateral vision. Inspection showed white discolouration and necrosis of the left tongue margin. The patient was treated with high-dose steroid, and a temporal artery biopsy was performed. Histology showed giant cell arteritis. The patient responded to steroid treatment and was in progress at outpatient assessment...
May 1, 2017: Ugeskrift for Laeger
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28467313/igg-kappa-monoclonal-gammopathy-of-unknown-significance-with-al-amyloidosis-simulating-giant-cell-arteritis
#15
V M Pompilian, S Tanaseanu, Camelia Badea, Sabina Zurac, C Socoliuc, Sorina Badelita, Elena Botez, Mihaela Antohe
Monoclonal gammopathies complicated by AL amyloidosis can mimic giant cell arteritis (GCA).We hereby present the case of a 63 year old woman in whom symptoms consistent with GCA were the first manifestations of a monoclonal gammopathy of unknown significance (MGUS) associated with amyloidosis. A 63 year old woman was admitted for temporal headache, maseterine claudication, neck and shoulder stiffness. She was recently diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome. On physical examination she had prominent temporal arteries, macroglosia and orthostatic hypotension...
May 3, 2017: Romanian Journal of Internal Medicine, Revue Roumaine de Médecine Interne
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466804/interleukin-6-and-soluble-interleukin-6-receptor-are-elevated-in-large-vessel-vasculitis-a-cross-sectional-and-longitudinal-study
#16
Lia Pulsatelli, Luigi Boiardi, Elisa Assirelli, Giulia Pazzola, Francesco Muratore, Olga Addimanda, Paolo Dolzani, Annibale Versari, Massimiliano Casali, Luca Magnani, Elettra Pignotti, Nicolò Pipitone, Stefania Croci, Riccardo Meliconi, Carlo Salvarani
OBJECTIVES: To investigate serum levels of IL- 6 and soluble IL-6 receptor (sIL-6R) in patients with large-vessel vasculitis and their relationship with disease activity. METHODS: Sera were obtained from 33 Takayasu's arteritis (TAK) patients and 14 giant cell arteritis (GCA) patients, and from 60 age-matched normal controls (NCs). Disease activity was assessed using 18F-FDG PET/CT and clinical indices including NIH/Kerr criteria and ITAS. Among TAK patients with active disease at baseline, clinical records and serum samples from 11 TAK patients were available for the longitudinal study...
March 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466802/risk-factors-for-severe-cranial-ischaemic-events-in-patients-with-giant-cell-arteritis
#17
Chagai Grossman, Iris Barshack, Nira Koren-Morag, Ilan Ben-Zvi, Gil Bornstein
OBJECTIVES: Cranial ischaemic events constitute a significant component in the clinical spectrum of giant cell arteritis (GCA). Our aim was to investigate whether cardiovascular risk factors, specific medications and baseline clinical features are associated with the development of severe cranial ischaemic events in GCA patients. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of GCA patients. Information collected included baseline clinical and laboratory data, comorbidities, cardiovascular risk factors and medications...
March 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463889/on-alert-for-giant-cell-arteritis
#18
Vincent M Vacca, Isabel Argento
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 1, 2017: Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461644/poor-predictive-value-of-isolated-adventitial-and-periadventitial-infiltrates-in-temporal-artery-biopsies-for-diagnosis-of-giant-cell-arteritis
#19
Claire Le Pendu, Véronique Meignin, Solange Gonzalez-Chiappe, Adrian Hij, Françoise Galateau-Sallé, Alfred Mahr
OBJECTIVE: We investigated the diagnostic value of inflammation limited to the adventitia (ILA), and isolated vasa vasorum or small-vessel vasculitis (VVV, SVV) in temporal artery biopsies (TAB) for giant cell arteritis (GCA). METHODS: Two pathologists reviewed consecutive first TAB. Using the clinical diagnoses as the gold standard, positive predictive values (PPV) were calculated. RESULTS: Among the 75 patients without classic TAB features of GCA, 8 had GCA diagnoses...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461641/healthcare-use-and-direct-cost-of-giant-cell-arteritis-a-population-based-study
#20
Matthew J Koster, Sara J Achenbach, Cynthia S Crowson, Hilal Maradit-Kremers, Eric L Matteson, Kenneth J Warrington
OBJECTIVE: To determine the healthcare use and direct medical cost of giant cell arteritis (GCA) in a population-based cohort. METHODS: A well-defined, retrospective population-based cohort of Olmsted County, Minnesota, USA, residents diagnosed with GCA from 1982-2009 was compared to a matched referent cohort from the same population. Standardized cost data (inflation-adjusted to 2014 US dollars) for 1987-2014 and outpatient use data for 1995-2014 were obtained...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
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