Giant cell arteritis: early diagnosis is key.

Affiliation

Department of Ophthalmology, Blanton Eye Institute, Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX, USA, [Email]

Abstract

Giant cell arteritis (GCA) is an inflammatory vasculitis typically affecting elderly that can potentially cause vision loss. Studies have demonstrated that early recognition and initiation of treatment can improve visual prognosis in patients with GCA. This review addresses the benefits of early diagnosis and treatment, and discusses the available treatment options to manage the disease.

Keywords

giant cell arteritis,imaging in GCA,laboratory values in GCA,steroid-sparing agents in GCA,steroids in GCA,