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Giant cell arteritis
« on: February 11, 2013, 09:29:39 AM »
Giant cell arteritis (GCA) is an inflammation of the lining of your arteries . The blood vessels that carry oxygen-rich blood from your heart to the rest of your body. Most often, it affects the arteries in your head, especially those in your temples. For this reason, giant cell arteritis is sometimes called temporal arteritis or cranial arteritis.

Causes:
- Headaches
- Jaw pain,
- Blurred or double vision.
- Blindness and, less often, stroke are the most serious complications of giant cell arteritis.

Treatment:
 Corticosteroid medications usually relieves symptoms of giant cell arteritis and may prevent loss of vision.