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 the overactive immune system and inflammation of the arteries. Prednisone can have side effects, including increased susceptibility to infection. Regular medical care is required to monitor for side effects, adjust dosages as needed, evaluate the course of the disorder, and look for early signs of possible complications.
What are the possible complications of temporal arteritis?
Complications of temporal arteritis can be serious, even life-threatening. You can help minimize your risk of serious complications by following the treatment plan you and your health care professional design specifically for you. Complications include:
Blindness, which can be permanent
Transient ischemic attack (also known as TIA, temporary stroke-like symptoms that may be a warning sign of an impending stroke)
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
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.... Read more about temporal arteritis causes