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Giant cell arteritis presenting with scalp necrosis--the timing of temporal artery biopsy?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16970773     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Scalp necrosis in patients presenting with clinical features suggestive of giant cell arteritis is rare. The immediate concern is that temporal artery biopsy might further compromise scalp circulation. We report a case of extensive scalp necrosis caused by giant cell arteritis. Temporal artery biopsy performed after 14 days was not associated with any significant damage and still provided florid evidence of the disease. Rapid and complete scalp healing was achieved with aggressive treatment.
Olivia C Morris; Mark A Paine; Justin O'Day
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Letter    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical & experimental ophthalmology     Volume:  34     ISSN:  1442-6404     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin. Experiment. Ophthalmol.     Publication Date:    2006 Sep-Oct
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-09-14     Completed Date:  2006-11-14     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100896531     Medline TA:  Clin Experiment Ophthalmol     Country:  Australia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  715-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Administration, Oral
Aged, 80 and over
Drug Therapy, Combination
Giant Cell Arteritis / complications*,  diagnosis,  drug therapy
Glucocorticoids / therapeutic use
Infusions, Intravenous
Methylprednisolone / therapeutic use
Prednisolone / therapeutic use
Scalp Dermatoses / diagnosis,  drug therapy,  etiology*
Temporal Arteries / pathology*
Time Factors
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Glucocorticoids; 50-24-8/Prednisolone; 83-43-2/Methylprednisolone

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