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International Primary Care Association

Clinical Focus Volume 5 N2

Is it temporal arteritis? A review of the condition and common differential diagnoses


Temporal arteritis (TA) also known as giant cell arteritis (GCA) is the most commonly occurring chronic vasculitis, typically affecting individuals older than 50 years. GCA typically manifests as new onset headache with features of systemic illness although presentation is highly variable. Because many conditions can mimic GCA, accurate diagnosis is essential to avoid over-treatment.

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  • Authors: Dr Jonathan L. Marks MB BS, MRCP & Dr Steven A. Young-Min
  • Keywords: Temporal arteritis, vasculitis, headache
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