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Relation of giant cell arteritis to polymyalgia rheumatica.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1807815     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Polymyalgia rheumatica and temporal arteritis appear to be separate syndromes rather than two manifestations of an underlying giant cell arteritis. Polymyalgia rheumatica is a synovitis that may be persistent or recurrent, while temporal arteritis is almost always a single episode; documented recurrences are rare. The two syndromes frequently occur in the same patient although not necessarily at the same time and they may be separated by a long interval. In some patients with polymyalgia rheumatica, giant cell arteritis is found on biopsy of an asymptomatic temporal artery. The frequency of this concurrence is variable in different populations. It is high in Scandinavia, low in Israel and intermediate between these extremes in other populations that have been studied.
L A Healey
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Baillière's clinical rheumatology     Volume:  5     ISSN:  0950-3579     ISO Abbreviation:  Baillieres Clin Rheumatol     Publication Date:  1991 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-05-21     Completed Date:  1992-05-21     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8805770     Medline TA:  Baillieres Clin Rheumatol     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  371-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Giant Cell Arteritis* / complications,  epidemiology
Polymyalgia Rheumatica* / complications,  epidemiology
Scandinavia / epidemiology
Time Factors
United States / epidemiology

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