Giant cell arteritis

Discussion:

After steroid therapy (prednisone 50 mg/die) follow up study shows a substantial reduction of the arterial wall thickening and hypoechogenicity due to phlogosis.

Serum erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) and serum C-reactive protein (CRP) lowered into normal ranges. Symptoms (temporal pain and visual impairment) reduced too.

Unfortunately, a biopsy was not performed, so diagnosis is to be considered presumptive.

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