Lookup NU author(s): Neeta Ray-Chaudhuri,
Professor Niall Cartlidge,
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.
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
ISSN (print): 0007-1161
Publisher: BMJ Group
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