What causes temporal arteritis?
Temporal arteritis is believed to be an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system mistakenly attacks normal cells of the large and medium arteries in the head. In temporal arteritis, inflammation caused by this attack affects the flow of blood through the arteries and the ability to adequately supply oxygen and nutrients to the brain and head areas. Temporal arteritis can also affect other arteries throughout the body.
The cause of temporal arteritis is not known. However, the aging process probably plays a role in developing temporal arteritis, as most people with the disorder are older than age 50.
What are the risk factors for temporal arteritis?
A number of factors increase the risk of developing temporal arteritis. Not all people who are at risk for temporal arteritis will develop the condition. Risk factors include:
Family history of temporal arteritis
Polymyalgia rheumatica (inflammatory disorder causing pain and stiffness in the neck, shoulder and hip areas)
What is temporal arteritis?
Temporal arteritis is a serious disorder that causes chronic inflammation of the large and medium arteries of the head, which supply oxygenated blood to portions of the head and brain. This inflammatory disease results in an inadequate supply of oxygen and nutrients in the brain and head areas.... Read more about temporal arteritis introduction
What are the symptoms of temporal arteritis?
Symptoms of temporal arteritis can affect many areas of the body. Symptoms of temporal arteritis can include:... Read more about temporal arteritis symptoms
How is temporal arteritis treated?
Temporal arteritis is very treatable and even curable in many cases. Early diagnosis and treatment can reduce and eliminate symptoms and is critical in preventing serious complications, such as stroke and blindness. Long-term treatment may be necessary.... Read more about temporal arteritis treatments