Giant cell arteritis (GCA) is also commonly known as temporal arteritis (TA). The condition is caused by inflammation of blood vessels. When a blood vessel feeding the eye is involved temporal arteritis can cause blindness. Patients may feel headaches, jaw pain, diffuse achiness, an unexplained fever or experience visual changes. Diagnosis is made by a good history, physical examination, labs and often an arterial biopsy done near the temple. TA occurs in people over the age of 50 and becomes more common with aging. It is treated with glucocorticoids.
Choosing Your San Antonio Giant Cell Arteritis/Temporal Arteritis Specialist
It's not easy selecting the right doctor who will take the time to understand your particular needs so that they can better help you understand your condition and its treatment. So it is imperative that you ask the right questions:
- Does your specialist have first-hand experience at serving those most affected by Giant Cell Arteritis/Temporal Arteritis?
- Is your specialist recognized and respected by her peers as an active patient advocate?
- Is your specialist board certified in both Rheumatology and Internal Medicine?
Dr. Chelsea Clinton has a positive answer for each of these questions. Clinton's biography attests to her dedication. Inspired by the world-class rheumatologists she worked with at The University of Texas Medical School, Clinton has dedicated her career to bringing comfort to RA sufferers. She serves on the medical advisory board and board of directors for the Texas Bluebonnet Chapter of The Scleroderma Foundation. She also serves on the Legislative Committee of the Bexar County Medical Society (BCMS).
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