What are the symptoms of temporal arteritis?

Symptoms of temporal arteritis can affect many areas of the body. Symptoms of temporal arteritis can include:

  • Blurred vision or double vision

  • Cough

  • Excessive sweating

  • Fatigue and weakness

  • Fever

  • Hip pain, shoulder pain and other joint pain

  • Jaw pain with chewing

  • Poor appetite and weight loss

  • Scalp pain or sensitivity

  • Throat pain or tongue pain

  • Throbbing headache, especially on one side of the head or back of the head

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

Temporal arteritis can lead to serious complications, such as stroke or blindness. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these life-threatening symptoms:

  • Change in level of consciousness or alertness, such as passing out or unresponsiveness

  • Change in mental status or sudden behavior change, such as confusion, delirium, lethargy, hallucinations and delusions

  • Drooping of the face

  • Loss of vision or blindness

  • Numbness

  • Paralysis or inability to move a body part

  • Garbled or slurred speech or inability to speak

  • Sudden change in vision
INTRODUCTION

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.

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CAUSES

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... Read more about temporal arteritiscauses

TREATMENTS

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.

Treatment of temporal arteritis generally includes high doses of a corticosteroid medication called prednisone, which suppresses ... Read more about temporal arteritistreatments

Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug 11, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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