Giant Cell Arteritis Signs and Symptoms
Giant cell arteritis belongs to the family of autoimmune diseases called vasculitis. It affects the larger arteries leading to the head, especially those in the temples. For this reason it is sometimes called temporal arteritis or cranial arteritis. Women are more likely to get giant cell artertis than are men. We have put together a list of common signs and symptoms of giant cell arteritis below.
Also, we have information on diagnosis, supportive natural therapies, helpful books and valuable resources for patients.
The Most Common Signs and Symptoms of Giant Cell Arteritis include:
- Persistent ache or pain in the temple area
- Poor appetite
- Joint pain
- Jaw pain
- Blurred vision
- Double vision
- Scalp tenderness
Symptoms of giant cell arteritis are usually relieved by corticosteroid drugs. It is important to see your doctor if you have unexplained persistent headaches, especially on one side of the temples. Some people have muscle aches, fever and fatigue, as well as headaches.
Diagnosis of Giant Cell Arteritis
A temporal artery biopsy is the standard method of diagnosis of giant cell arteritis. Other possible tests include an MRI/angiography, a PET scan and a duplex ultrasound. A physician may also physically examine your temporal arteries to see if they are tender, or if they have a hard cord-like feel or appearance.
Books For People With Signs and Symptoms of Giant Cell Arteritis
|Giant Cell Arteritis – An Elusive Odyssey
|Giant Cell Arteritis – A Medical Dictionary, Bibliography, and Annotated Research Guide to Internet References
ICON Health Publications
|21st Century Ultimate Medical Guide to Giant Cell Arteritis, Temporal Arteritis – Authoritative Clinical Information for Physicians and Patients (Two CD-ROM Set)
PM Medical Health News
|21st Century Complete Medical Guide to Temporal Arteritis (Giant Cell Arteritis) and Polymyalgia Rheumatica: Authoritative Government Documents, Clinical … Information for Patients and Physicians
PM Medical Health News
Giant Cell Arteritis Resources
General Patient Resources
- Vasculitis Foundation
The Vasculitis Foundation supports and empowers patients through education, awareness and research.
- Net Doctor
Find out what the causes, symptoms and treatment are of giant cell arteritis. … Discussion forums; Get a quote for private treatment; Health services guide
- Experience Project
Message board for the experience group I Have Horton Giant Cell Arteritis. Post in discussion forums and talk with a community of people like you.
- About . Com
Coping Strategies / Solutions; Advice / Support / Forums; Arthritis Basics
- Mayo Clinic
Comprehensive overview covers symptoms, causes, treatment of this blood vessel disorder.
- The Johns Hopkins Vasculitis Center
Description of who gets Giant Cell Arteritis (the “typical” patients) – Classic symptoms of Giant Cell Arteritis What causes Giant Cell Arteritis? How is Giant Cell Arteritis diagnosed?
- Web MD
Medical references, latest news, treatment overview.