Temporal Arteritis: Overview

Temporal Arteritis is a painful condition affecting the arteries in the scalp and forehead. The cause is inflammation of the arteries. Its hallmark symptoms are severe vascular pain in the arteries of the scalp (including the forehead) and severe headache. Pain can be severe and debilitating. Other typical symptoms include artery tenderness, general scalp tenderness, visual symptoms (disturbed vision), jaw pain, and pain on chewing. Less common symptoms include fever, weight loss, pallor and weakness (sometimes related to anemia). The pain and location of the pain are fairly characteristic, and misdiagnosis is not particularly likely in typical cases. Treatment may include corticosteroid drugs and immunosuppressant drugs. Prognosis is often good, with the condition reversing within a year or two of treatment.

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