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Definition of Arteritis, temporal

Arteritis, temporal: Also called giant cell arteritis or cranial arteritis, this is a serious disease characterized by inflammation of the walls of the blood vessels (vasculitis). The vessels affected by inflammation are the arteries (hence the name "arteritis"). The age of affected patients is usually over 50 years of age. Giant cell arteritis can lead to blindness and/or stroke. It is detected by a biopsy of an artery. It is treated with high dose steroids.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 10/30/2013

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