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Temporal arteritis

S P Mollan, P A Keane, A K Denniston
PurposeThe diagnosis of Giant Cell Arteritis (GCA) is an area of major challenge. This is the first reported use of the directed use of transdermal optical coherence tomography (OCT) to image the superficial temporal artery (STA).MethodsThis proof of concept study used a commercially available transdermal OCT instrument to identify and image the STA in eight patients (suspected GCA, confirmed GCA, and in healthy controls). Three cases are presented to demonstrate the preliminary imaging findings.ResultsIn all eight cases the STA was identified...
October 14, 2016: Eye
Adam Thomas Cristaudo, Ryo Mizumoto, Rasika Hendahewa
BACKGROUND: Giant cell arteritis (GCA) has the potential to cause irreversible blindness and stroke in affected patients [1-4]. Temporal artery biopsy (TAB) remains the gold standard test for GCA [6-8]. Recent literature suggests that TAB does not change management of patients with suspected GCA and that ultrasound scan (USS) may be sufficient enough alone to confirm the diagnosis [9-11,13]. The aim of this study is to therefore determine the impact of TAB on current surgical practice and emergency theatre services...
November 2016: Annals of Medicine and Surgery
B Hellmich
Imaging methods, such as joint and color duplex sonography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET) nowadays facilitate the diagnosis of polymyalgia rheumatica and large vessel vasculitides and have now been included in the new classification criteria. In patients with typical symptoms, color duplex sonography of the temporal artery can replace a biopsy of the temporal artery for the diagnosis of giant cell arteritis (GCA); however, the role of these methods for patient follow-up and assessment of prognosis is unclear...
September 8, 2016: Der Internist
N Martins, J Polido-Pereira, A M Rodrigues, F Soares, P Batista, J A Pereira da Silva
Giant Cell Arteritis (GCA) is a large vessels vasculitis that is typically characterised by headache, scalp tenderness, jaw claudication and visual disturbances. Temporal arteries color Doppler ultrasonography (CDUS) is a sensitive and non-invasive image technique used in the diagnosis of this disease. This work highlights the importance of CDUS in the diagnostic workup of GCA and also demonstrates it´s usefullness in the evaluation and documentation of the response to corticosteroids therapy in an atypical case of ACG...
April 2016: Acta Reumatológica Portuguesa
Karin Jakobsson, Lennart Jacobsson, Aladdin J Mohammad, Jan-Åke Nilsson, Kenneth Warrington, Eric L Matteson, Carl Turesson
BACKGROUND: To investigate the effect of baseline clinical characteristics and glucocorticoid treatment on temporal artery biopsy (TAB) findings in patients with giant cell arteritis (GCA). METHODS: Individuals who developed GCA after inclusion in two population-based health surveys were identified through linkage to the local and the national patient registers. In addition, other patients diagnosed with GCA at the Departments of Internal Medicine and Rheumatology at an area hospital were included...
2016: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
Rosanna A M Ghinai, Shameem Mahmood, Pinias Mukonoweshuro, Sally Webber, Ashutosh D Wechalekar, Sally E Moore
Although still rarely diagnosed, amyloid light chain (AL) amyloidosis is the most common form of systemic amyloidosis. It is characterized by misfolded monoclonal immunoglobulin light chain fragments that accumulate extracellularly as amyloid fibrils, with consequent organ dysfunction. We report 2 such cases where initial symptoms and signs were identical to and mistaken for those of giant cell arteritis, associated with polymyalgia rheumatica. Neither patient responded to high-dose corticosteroids; instead, their temporal artery biopsies revealed amyloid deposits and other investigations confirmed a diagnosis of systemic AL amyloidosis...
August 23, 2016: Journal of Neuro-ophthalmology: the Official Journal of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society
Masataka Umeda, Jin Ikenaga, Tomohiro Koga, Toru Michitsuji, Toshimasa Shimizu, Shoichi Fukui, Ayako Nishino, Yoshikazu Nakasima, Sin-Ya Kawashiri, Naoki Iwamoto, Kunihiro Ichinose, Yasuko Hirai, Mami Tamai, Hideki Nakamura, Tomoki Origuchi, Atsushi Kawakami
A 78-year-old woman diagnosed with cyclic neutropenia 5 years previously had been treated with recombinant granulocyte-colony stimulating factor (G-CSF). She developed fever, tenderness and distension of temporal arteries after the treatment with G-CSF. Magnetic resonance imaging and ultrasonography revealed wall thickening of the temporal arteries. She was therefore diagnosed with giant cell arteritis (GCA). Small vessel vasculitis has been reported as a complication of G-CSF. However, the development of large vessel vasculitis after G-CSF treatment is quite rare...
2016: Internal Medicine
Dragoş Cătălin Jianu, Silviana Nina Jianu, Ligia Petrica, Andrei Gheorghe Marius Motoc, Traian Flavius Dan, Dorela CodruŢa Lăzureanu, Mihnea Munteanu
Anterior ischemic optic neuropathies (AIONs) represent a segmental infarction of the optic nerve head (ONH) supplied by the posterior ciliary arteries (PCAs). Blood supply blockage can occur with or without arterial inflammation. For this reason, there are two types of AIONs: non-arteritic (NA-AION), and arteritic (A-AION), the latter is almost invariably due to giant cell arteritis (GCA). GCA is a primary vasculitis that predominantly affects extracranial medium-sized arteries, particularly the branches of the external carotid arteries (including superficial temporal arteries - TAs)...
2016: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
Juan P Vinicki, Rosario García-Vicuña, Miguel Arredondo, Juan P López-Bote, Jesús A García-Vadillo, Santos Castañeda, José M Álvaro-Gracia
OBJECTIVES: To describe the results obtained in clinical practice with the use of biological therapy (BT) in patients diagnosed with Takayasu arteritis (TA) and giant cell arteritis (GCA). METHODS: Retrospective single center study of TA/GCA patients who received BT (infliximab [IFX], etanercept [ETN] and tocilizumab [TCZ]). In TA, active disease was defined according to a previous National Institutes of Health study. In GCA, active disease was defined with a modified criteria and clinical manifestations secondary to temporal artery involvement or polymyalgia rheumatica symptoms...
August 4, 2016: Reumatología Clinica
Yohei Kanzawa, Yasushi Mizuno, Yukihiro Imai, Hiroaki Nishioka
The detection of abnormalities of the cranial arteries on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is useful for the diagnosis of giant cell arteritis (GCA). However, reports on the veins of GCA patients are rare. We report the case of an elderly woman with GCA who presented with facial edema. She presented with a one month history of headache and facial edema. After MRI and enhanced computed tomography revealed delayed blood flow in the left jugular vein, a temporal artery biopsy was performed. She was diagnosed with GCA based on the biopsy findings...
2016: Internal Medicine
Delphine Lariviere, Khadija Benali, Baptiste Coustet, Nicoletta Pasi, Fabien Hyafil, Isabelle Klein, Maria Chauchard, Jean-François Alexandra, Tiphaine Goulenok, Antoine Dossier, Philippe Dieude, Thomas Papo, Karim Sacre
The use of 18F-fluoro-deoxyglucose positron emission tomography scan (FDG-PET) and computed tomography angiography (CTA) to improve accuracy of diagnosis of giant cell arteritis (GCA) is a very important clinical need. We aimed to compare the diagnostic performance of FDG-PET and CTA in patients with GCA.FDG-PET and CTA were acquired in all consecutive patients suspected for GCA. Results of FDG-PET and CTA were compared with the final diagnosis based on clinical judgment, temporal artery biopsy (TAB) findings, and ACR criteria...
July 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Liwei Jia, Marta Couce, Jill S Barnholtz-Sloan, Mark L Cohen
Temporal arteritis peaks during the 8th decade, affecting patients with frequent comorbidities who are especially prone to adverse effects of corticosteroid therapy. Perivascular inflammation involving small periadventitial vessels is not uncommon in otherwise normal temporal artery biopsies (TAB). As ischemic events occur in patients with non-temporal artery based inflammation, it has been recommended any vascular inflammation within temporal artery biopsies be treated with corticosteroids. We sought to determine whether such patients are at increased risk for temporal arteritis-like adverse events compared with age-matched controls devoid of inflammatory infiltrates...
July 18, 2016: Human Pathology
C Grossman, I Ben-Zvi, I Barshack, G Bornstein
OBJECTIVES: Temporal artery biopsy (TAB) is performed in patients suspected of giant cell arteritis (GCA). Inadequate TAB specimen length is considered a possible explanation for a negative biopsy in patients with GCA. We investigated the association between specimen length and diagnostic yield of TAB. METHOD: We conducted a retrospective analysis of 240 patients who underwent TAB in a single hospital between 2000 and 2015. Patients were diagnosed with GCA based on positive TAB or, when TAB was negative, on clinical grounds that fulfilled the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) 1990 criteria...
July 20, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology
Jem Ninan, Susan Lester, Catherine Hill
Giant cell arteritis (GCA) is the most common vasculitis of the elderly. The diagnosis can be challenging at times because of the limitation of the American Rheumatology Association (ARA) classification criteria and the significant proportion of biopsy-negative patients with GCA. We discuss the role of advanced imaging techniques, including positron emission tomography (PET) scanning, in establishing diagnosis and improved histopathology techniques to improve the sensitivity of temporal artery biopsy. There have been significant advances in the understanding of the pathogenesis of GCA, particularly the role of cytokine pathways such as the interleukins, IL-6-IL-17 axis, and the IL-12-interferon-γ axis and their implication for new therapies...
February 2016: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Rheumatology
Bulat A Ziganshin, John A Elefteriades
Detection of clinically silent thoracic aortic aneurysm (TAA) is challenging due to the lack of symptoms (until aortic rupture or dissection occurs). A large proportion of TAA are identified incidentally while imaging a patient for other reasons. However, recently several clinical "associates" of TAA have been described that can aid in identification of silent TAA. These "associates" include intracranial aneurysm, aortic arch anomalies, abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), simple renal cysts (SRC), bicuspid aortic valve, temporal arteritis, a positive family history of aneurysm disease, and a positive thumb-palm sign...
May 2016: Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Hubert de Boysson, Marc Lambert, Eric Liozon, Jonathan Boutemy, Gwénola Maigné, Yann Ollivier, Kim Ly, Alain Manrique, Boris Bienvenu, Achille Aouba
Diagnosis of giant-cell arteritis (GCA) is challenging in the absence of cardinal cranial symptoms/signs. We aimed to describe the clinical presentation, diagnostic process, and disease course of GCA patients without cranial symptoms, and to compare them to those of patients with typical cranial presentation. In this retrospective multicenter study, we enrolled patients with GCA who satisfied at least 3 of the 5 American College of Rheumatology criteria for GCA, or 2 criteria associated with contributory vascular biopsy other than temporal artery biopsy or with demonstration of large-vessel involvement; underwent iconographic evaluation of large arterial vessels (aortic CT scan or a positron emission tomography with F-fluorodeoxyglucose combined with computed tomography (FDG-PET/CT) scan or cardiac echography combined with a large-vessel Doppler) at diagnosis...
June 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Boon L Tan, Jonathan J Liu, Tuck Y Yong, Chrismin C Tan, Jordan Y Li
BACKGROUND: Giant cell arteritis typically involves the temporal arteries, but can involve other cranial arteries. Temporal artery biopsy is the mainstay for the diagnosis of giant cell arteritis; however, biopsy may be problematic if giant cell arteritis involves other cranial arteries that are inaccessible for sampling. In these situations, magnetic resonance angiography is a useful, non-invasive adjunctive method in the diagnosis of giant cell arteritis. In this case report, we describe a case of giant cell arteritis involving only the occipital artery which was revealed by magnetic resonance angiography...
2016: Journal of Medical Case Reports
K D F Lensen, A E Voskuyl, E F I Comans, C J van der Laken, Y M Smulders
A systematic literature search was performed to summarise current knowledge on extracranial giant cell arteritis (GCA), i.e. large-artery involvement in patients with or without clinically apparent temporal arteritis (cranial GCA). Extracranial GCA is increasingly recognised, both in patients with cranial GCA and with solitary extracranial GCA, due to increased awareness among physicians and development of modern imaging modalities. The literature on the pathogenesis and histopathology of extracranial GCA is scarce...
June 2016: Netherlands Journal of Medicine
Frank Buttgereit, Christian Dejaco, Eric L Matteson, Bhaskar Dasgupta
IMPORTANCE: Polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) and giant cell arteritis (GCA) are related inflammatory disorders occurring in persons aged 50 years and older. Diagnostic and therapeutic approaches are heterogeneous in clinical practice. OBJECTIVE: To summarize current evidence regarding optimal methods for diagnosing and treating PMR and GCA. EVIDENCE REVIEW: MEDLINE, EMBASE, and Cochrane databases were searched from their inception dates to March 30, 2016...
June 14, 2016: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
E Meriglier, R Belhadj Chaidi, O Debouverie, L Luca, P Roblot
INTRODUCTION: Giant cell arteritis most commonly involves the external carotid branches. Although they are less typical, extra-cephalic forms have also been reported. CASE REPORT: We report the case of a 59-year-old female patient who developed bilateral, painful breast nodules with fever and altered general status since two months. Two weeks later, she presented frontal headache and scalp tenderness. A colour duplex ultrasound of the temporal artery showed a halo sign...
August 2016: La Revue de Médecine Interne
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