Temporal arteritis has several symptoms, including: Severe headaches, the most common symptom. Scalp tenderness. Jaw or facial soreness, especially with chewing. Vision changes or distorted vision that's caused by decreased blood flow to the eye. Stroke may occur in less than 5% of patients as a result of decreased blood flow.Why would you have a temporal artery biopsy?
Temporal artery biopsy is the primary modality for establishing a diagnosis of giant cell (temporal) arteritis. Giant cell arteritis is a chronic vasculitis affecting medium and large diameter arteries, predominantly in older individuals [ 1,2 ].Who performs temporal artery biopsy?
General, vascular and ophthalmic surgeons are often called upon to perform a temporal artery biopsy in order to help in making the diagnosis of giant cell arteritis. Arranging for an urgent temporal artery biopsy is not always straight-forward logistically with the onus usually on the operating team to arrange for admission to a day-care unit.Who treats giant cell arteritis?
The rheumatologist's role in the treatment of giant cell arteritis. This information is provided for general education only. Individuals should consult a qualified health care provider for professional medical advice, diagnosis and treatment of a medical or health condition.