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Giant cell arteritis complicated by aortic aneurysmal disease.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16845847     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The mortality rate in patients with giant cell arteritis (GCA) is similar to the standard populations of similar age and sex. Where there is excess mortality, it may be due to aortic aneurysms, especially thoracic aortic dissection as complications of GCA disease. Aneurysms may develop years after cessation of treatment. The treating physician should be vigilant in assessing the patient with giant cell arteritis for thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysms. However, the physician's medical records that are sent to the insurer's underwriting department may omit key information such as recommended studies. The underwriting department should have a strategy to quickly resolve this problem.
M Jack Cotlar
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of insurance medicine (New York, N.Y.)     Volume:  38     ISSN:  0743-6661     ISO Abbreviation:  J Insur Med     Publication Date:  2006  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-07-18     Completed Date:  2006-08-01     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8401468     Medline TA:  J Insur Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  136-8     Citation Subset:  T    
Amerus Life Insurance Group, 9200 Keystone Crossing, Suite 800, Indianapolis, IN 46240-4603, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Aortic Aneurysm / complications*,  surgery
Giant Cell Arteritis / diagnosis,  mortality*,  physiopathology
Middle Aged
United States / epidemiology

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