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Disease or Condition — Heart, Blood Vessel, and Lymphatic Disorders:
cranial arteritis

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Description

Giant cell arteritis (GCA) is a type of vasculitis, or inflammation of the blood vessels. It is a chronic inflammatory disorder that affects the large and medium-sized arteries, most commonly the temporal arteries. It is also known as temporal arteritis or cranial arteritis. Symptoms of GCA include headache, scalp tenderness, jaw pain, vision changes, and fever. Treatment typically involves high doses of corticosteroids to reduce inflammation and prevent complications.

Synonyms
  • carotid arteritis
  • giant cell arteritis
  • granulomatous arteritis
  • Horton's disease
  • temporal arteritis
  • temporal giant cell arteritis
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