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The role of ultrasound in the diagnosis of temporal arteritis

Zoltán Bajkó12, Rodica Bălaşa12, Szabolcs Szatmári13, Silvia Rusu2, Anca Moţăţăianu12, Smaranda Maier12
DOI: 10.1016/j.pjnns.2015.03.003
Neurol Neurochir Pol 2015;49(2):139-143.

Abstract

Temporal arteritis (TA), also known as giant cell arteritis, is a chronic vasculitis of medium and large-sized blood vessels, in particular the main cervical branches of the aorta, with particular affinity to the temporal arteries and eye-supplying arteries. Temporal artery biopsy is still a gold standard for diagnosis, however in recent years colour duplex ultrasound examination has been proposed as a useful diagnostic screening tool in cases of TA suspicion. We report three cases of TA in which the ultrasonographical examination of the temporal arteries had a decisive role in the diagnosis.

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