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Effect of prior steroid treatment on temporal artery biopsy findings in giant cell arteritis

Lookup NU author(s): Neeta Ray-Chaudhuri, Professor Niall Cartlidge, Nicholas Strong, Dr Margaret Dayan


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Aim: To examine the effect of up to 6 weeks of corticosteroid treatment on the positive temporal artery biopsy rate in giant cell arteritis (GCA). Methods: Prospective comparative clinical study of I I patients meeting the American College of Rheumatology criteria for diagnosis of GCA. Patients underwent temporal artery biopsy within 1 week, at 2-3 weeks, or after 4 weeks of corticosteroid treatment. Results: Overall, nine of 11 (82%) patients had positive temporal artery biopsies, Six of seven (86%) biopsies performed after 4 or more weeks of steroid treatment were positive. Conclusion: Temporal artery biopsy is useful several weeks after institution of steroids.

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Author(s): Ray-Chaudhuri N, Kine DA, Tijani SO, Parums DV, Cartlidge N, Strong NP, Dayan MR

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: British Journal of Ophthalmology

Year: 2002

Volume: 86

Issue: 5

Pages: 530-532

ISSN (print): 0007-1161

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Publisher: BMJ Group


DOI: 10.1136/bjo.86.5.530


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