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
Fatigue and weakness
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
Paralysis or inability to move a body part
Garbled or slurred speech or inability to speak
Sudden change in vision
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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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
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.
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