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Giant cell arteritis--a changing entity.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21956650     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Giant cell arteritis (GCA) is the most common of the vasculitis syndromes and, being a disease of the elderly, its incidence is increasing with the general ageing of the population. GCA is most feared for its early complications, namely blindness and stroke, resulting from inflammation and subsequent occlusion of ocular and extra cranial arteries, respectively. More recently, however, GCA has been recognised to also affect limb arteries and the aorta with a high prevalence. These newly recognised features of GCA pose diagnostic, therapeutic and prognostic challenges to treating physicians. Here, recent developments in the field of GCA are summarised and discussed.
F Kesten; M Aschwanden; P Gubser; K Glatz; T Daikeler; C Hess
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review     Date:  2011-09-28
Journal Detail:
Title:  Swiss medical weekly     Volume:  141     ISSN:  1424-3997     ISO Abbreviation:  Swiss Med Wkly     Publication Date:  2011  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-09-29     Completed Date:  2011-12-28     Revised Date:  2011-12-29    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100970884     Medline TA:  Swiss Med Wkly     Country:  Switzerland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  w13272     Citation Subset:  IM    
University Hospital Basel, Basel, Switzerland.
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MeSH Terms
Blindness / etiology
Giant Cell Arteritis / complications,  diagnosis*,  drug therapy*
Stroke / etiology
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Swiss Med Wkly. 2011;141:w13302   [PMID:  22101855 ]

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