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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045738/the-proposed-role-of-ultrasound-in-the-management-of-giant-cell-arteritis-in-routine-clinical-practice
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Sara Monti, Alberto Floris, Cristina B Ponte, Wolfgang A Schmidt, Andreas P Diamantopoulos, Claudio Pereira, Sophie Vaggers, Raashid A Luqmani
Objective: To develop and explore a protocol for using colour duplex sonography (CDS) in the routine care of GCA. Methods: We tested CDS of temporal arteries and axillary arteries (AXs) on consecutive patients with suspected or established GCA, between July 2014 and September 2016. Results: We assessed 293 patients [age 72 (10), female/male 196/97], of whom 118 had clinically confirmed GCA. Seventy-three percent of patients had already received high-dose glucocorticoids (GCs) for 17 (33) days...
October 16, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29024675/tempo-ral-was-the-heart-of-the-matter
#2
Francesco Pellegrini, Daniele Cirone, Piernicola Machin, Rod Foroozan
A 71-year-old woman was admitted with fever, headache and weight loss associated with elevated inflammatory markers. She developed acute bilateral ophthalmoplegia and asymmetrical ptosis rapidly followed by anterior ischemic optic neuropathy. Although the first temporal artery biopsy (TAB) was negative, contralateral TAB revealed features consistent with giant cell arteritis. Even while under steroid therapy, the patient died a few days later from myocardial infarction. Acute bilateral complete ophthalmoplegia is a rare presentation of a limited number of possible diseases...
October 9, 2017: Survey of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29016409/anterior-ischemic-optic-neuropathy-due-to-calciphylaxis
#3
Magne S Sivertsen, Erik H Strøm, Kim M A Endre
A 72-year-old woman experienced anterior ischemic optic neuropathy in her left eye. The funduscopic and fluorescein angiographic findings were strongly suggestive of giant cell arteritis. Temporal artery biopsy revealed extensive calcification in the vessel wall consistent with calciphylaxis. This unusual disorder should be considered in the differential diagnosis of anterior ischemic optic neuropathy, particularly the arteritic form.
October 6, 2017: Journal of Neuro-ophthalmology: the Official Journal of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28994265/recognition-of-giant-cell-arteritis-in-patients-with-polymyalgia-rheumatica-who-have-a-stroke-a-cautionary-tale
#4
Donald H Gutteridge, Frank L Mastaglia
An 82-year-old woman with polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) on prednisone 7 mg daily was admitted to an acute stroke unit with a right homonymous hemianopia, a left posterior cerebral artery occlusion and occipital lobe infarct. She had raised inflammatory markers, did not have a temporal artery biopsy, and was discharged on the same dose of prednisone. After 21 months, off prednisone, her ophthalmologist, concerned about giant cell arteritis (GCA), restarted prednisone 40 mg daily, with rapid, profound visual improvement...
October 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28987704/the-role-of-colour-doppler-ultrasonography-of-facial-and-occipital-arteries-in-patients-with-giant-cell-arteritis-a-prospective-study
#5
Rok Ješe, Žiga Rotar, Matija Tomšič, Alojzija Hočevar
OBJECTIVE: Colour Doppler Sonography (CDS) in giant cell arteritis (GCA) allows the study of involvement of cranial arteries other than the temporal arteries, which are inconvenient to biopsy, such as the facial (FaA), and occipital (OcA) arteries. We aimed to estimate the frequency of the FaA, and OcA involvement in GCA; and to explore the clinical characteristics of these subgroups of patients. METHODS: From 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2016 we prospectively performed a CDS of the FaA, and OcA in addition to the temporal (TA), and the extracranial supra-aortic arteries in all newly diagnosed patients suspected of having GCA...
October 2017: European Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28970729/patients-with-inflammatory-bowel-disease-have-increased-risk-of-autoimmune-and-inflammatory-diseases
#6
Morten L Halling, Jens Kjeldsen, Torben Knudsen, Jan Nielsen, Lars Koch Hansen
AIM: To investigate whether immune mediated diseases (IMD) are more frequent in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). METHODS: In this population based registry study, a total of 47325 patients with IBD were alive and registered in the Danish National Patient Registry on December 16, 2013. Controls were randomly selected from the Danish Civil Registration System (CRS) and matched for sex, age, and municipality. We used ICD 10 codes to identify the diagnoses of the included patients...
September 7, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28968695/increased-expression-of-interleukin-22-in-patients-with-giant-cell-arteritis
#7
Alessandro Zerbini, Francesco Muratore, Luigi Boiardi, Francesco Ciccia, Martina Bonacini, Lucia Belloni, Alberto Cavazza, Luca Cimino, Antonio Moramarco, Riccardo Alessandro, Aroldo Rizzo, Maria Parmeggiani, Carlo Salvarani, Stefania Croci
Objectives: GCA is characterized by arterial remodelling driven by inflammation. IL-22 is an attractive cytokine which acts at the crosstalk between immune and stromal cells. We hypothesized that IL-22 might be induced in GCA and might be involved in disease pathogenesis. Methods: Patients subjected to temporal artery biopsies (TABs) naïve from therapy were enrolled: 27 biopsy-proven GCA, 8 biopsy-negative GCA, 21 biopsy-negative non-GCA patients. Expression of IL-22 was determined in TABs by immunohystochemistry, in plasma by ELISA, in peripheral blood mononuclear cells by real-time PCR and flow cytometry...
September 7, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28953579/fluorine-18-fluoro-2-deoxyglucose-positron-emission-tomography-uptake-in-the-superficial-temporal-and-vertebral-arteries-in-biopsy-positive-giant-cell-arteritis
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Anthony Michael Sammel, Edward Hsiao, Leslie Schrieber, Beatrice Janssen, Peter Youssef, Clare L Fraser, Chih-Hung Kuo, Hamish Dunn, Dale L Bailey, Paul Roach, Geoffrey Schembri, Elizabeth Bailey, Katherine Nguyen, Peter Farmakis, Rodger Laurent
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 26, 2017: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937523/cytomegalovirus-retinitis-associated-with-occlusive-vasculopathy-in-an-elderly-human-immunodeficiency-virus-negative-man
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Kareem Moussa, Thuy Doan, Jay M Stewart, Jessica Shantha, John Gonzales, Nisha Acharya, Emmett T Cunningham
PURPOSE: To present a case of cytomegalovirus (CMV) retinitis associated with occlusive vasculopathy presenting as sudden unilateral loss of vision in a human immunodeficiency virus-negative elderly man. METHODS: Clinical case report and literature review. RESULTS: An 84-year-old Chinese man with diabetes mellitus and primary open-angle glaucoma was seen in consultation by our uveitis service for evaluation of sudden vision loss in the right eye...
September 20, 2017: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916549/positron-emission-tomography-computerized-tomography-in-newly-diagnosed-patients-with-giant-cell-arteritis-who-are-taking-glucocorticoids
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Alison H Clifford, Elana M Murphy, Steven C Burrell, Mathew P Bligh, Ryan F MacDougall, J Godfrey Heathcote, Mathieu C Castonguay, Min S Lee, Kara Matheson, John G Hanly
OBJECTIVE: Large vessel uptake on positron emission tomography/computerized tomography (PET/CT) supports the diagnosis of giant cell arteritis (GCA). Its value, however, in patients without arteritis on temporal artery biopsy and in those receiving glucocorticoids remains unknown. We compared PET/CT results in GCA patients with positive (TAB+) and negative temporal artery biopsies (TAB-), and controls. METHODS: Patients with new clinically diagnosed GCA starting treatment with glucocorticoids underwent temporal artery biopsy and PET/CT...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899801/is-pet-ct-essential-in-the-diagnosis-and-follow-up-of-temporal-arteritis
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REVIEW
Carlo Salvarani, Alessandra Soriano, Francesco Muratore, Yehuda Shoenfeld, Daniel Blockmans
The increasing availability and improvement of imaging techniques are deeply influencing diagnosis and work-up of patients affected with vasculitis, particularly those with large vessel vasculitis (LVV). Fluorodeoxyglucose ((18)F-FDG) positron emission tomography (PET), especially when integrated with computed tomography (CT), is taking hold as a useful diagnostic technique to examine the aorta and the other large vessels in giant cell arteritis (GCA) with concomitant large vessel involvement (LV-GCA). In this paper we examined the progresses performed in this field in the last twenty years and the evidence available so far according to two different points of view ('pros' and 'cons'), in order to give a comprehensive answer to a still open question about the role of PET/CT in the diagnosis and follow-up of GCA...
September 9, 2017: Autoimmunity Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28877848/temporal-artery-biopsy-in-the-diagnosis-of-giant-cell-arteritis-bigger-is-not-always-better
#12
Marios Papadakis, Sarantos Kaptanis, Aikaterini Kokkori-Steinbrecher, Nikolaos Floros, Frauke Schuster, Gunnar Hübner
OBJECTIVE: Accurate early giant cell arteritis (GCA) diagnosis can be established through temporal artery biopsy (TAB). We herein investigate the relationship between specimen length and positive TAB result in a tertiary-care hospital in Germany during a 8-year period. Secondarily, we studied the relationships of specific epidemiological and laboratory parameters with positive TABs. METHOD: We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of all patients with suspected GCA, who underwent TAB in our institution...
September 1, 2017: American Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28869044/stroke-and-temporal-arteritis-a-study-of-6-cases
#13
A Lago, J I Tembl, G Fortea, L Morales, C Nieves, M Campins, F Aparici
INTRODUCTION: Though uncommon, ischaemic stroke due to temporal arteritis carries serious difficulties for diagnosis and subsequent management and requires a high level of suspicion. METHODS: We analysed a series of 6 patients with biopsy-proven temporal arteritis presenting with ischaemic stroke. We discuss clinical characteristics, difficulties of assessment, short- and long-term progression, treatment, and the usefulness of new diagnostic techniques. RESULTS: Our sample of 6 patients had a mean age of 68...
August 28, 2017: Neurología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Neurología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28859330/ultrasound-cut-off-values-for-intima-media-thickness-of-temporal-facial-and-axillary-arteries-in-giant-cell-arteritis
#14
Valentin S Schäfer, Aaron Juche, Sofia Ramiro, Andreas Krause, Wolfgang A Schmidt
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 1, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28854344/giant-cell-arteritis-of-the-breast
#15
REVIEW
Abeer Tabbarah, Lysandra Voltaggio
Giant cell arteritis is an inflammatory lesion of the large- and medium-sized arteries, usually involving the temporal arteries of older women. Rarely, the breast has been reported as the primary site of involvement. Patients usually present with breast masses that are tender or painful in most reported cases. The disease may be associated with constitutional symptoms that resemble polymyalgia rheumatica, but most reported cases do not have an established diagnosis of autoimmune disease. Clinically, giant cell arteritis of the breast may mimic breast carcinoma...
September 2017: Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28843802/a-recurrent-case-of-ischemic-stroke-caused-by-vasospasm-due-to-giant-cell-arteritis
#16
Reina Kawamura, Atsushi Mizuma, Maiko Kouchi, Eiichiro Nagata, Wakoh Takahashi, Shunya Takizawa
A 73-year-old man was admitted with sudden right upper-limb weakness. He had a temporal headache on the left side and had a 4-month history of fever. Meandering of the left temporal artery (TA) with induration and high inflammatory responses (white blood cell count 22,500 per microliter, C-reactive protein 35.0 mg/dL, and elevated sedimentation rate [ESR] 80 mm/h) were observed. Glycometabolism and lipid metabolism were normal, and autoimmune antibodies were negative. Cultivation tests revealed no bacteria in either blood culture or cerebrospinal fluid...
November 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28841587/jaw-claudication-and-temporal-artery-abnormalities-in-giant-cell-arteritis-take-advantage-of-clinical-clues-response
#17
Courtney E Francis, Christine A Petersen
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 24, 2017: Journal of Neuro-ophthalmology: the Official Journal of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28841586/jaw-claudication-and-temporal-artery-abnormalities-in-giant-cell-arteritis-take-advantage-of-clinical-clues
#18
Gianfranco Vitiello
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 24, 2017: Journal of Neuro-ophthalmology: the Official Journal of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810043/amalric-triangular-syndrome-associated-with-outer-nuclear-layer-infarction
#19
Sean T Garrity, Eric J Holz, David Sarraf
An 85-year-old man presented with temporal headache and bilateral paracentral scotomas. Clinical examination, laboratory testing, and temporal artery biopsy confirmed the diagnosis of giant cell arteritis. Fluorescein angiography illustrated Amalric triangular choroidal infarction of the left eye. Spectral-domain optical coherence tomography of the left eye demonstrated outer nuclear layer abnormalities adjacent to the choroidal infarct. [Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging Retina. 2017;48:668-670.].
August 1, 2017: Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers & Imaging Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799318/giant-cell-arteritis-presenting-as-puo
#20
Sham Santhanam, Sampath Kumar Mani
Giant cell arteritis(GCA) is a primary granulomatous vasculitis affecting the large and medium sized arteries. We present here a case of GCA with pyrexia of unknown origin (PUO) as the presenting manifestation in the absence of other typical features. On evaluation, the patient had raised inflammatory markers with features of large vessel vasculitis on whole body PET-CT scan. The colour doppler ultrasonography(CDUS) of the temporal arteries showed bilateral halo sign. Since bilateral 'halo sign' is more specific for the diagnosis of GCA, temporal artery biopsy is not mandatory...
August 2017: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
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