Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Giant Cell Arteritis (Oxford Rheumatology Library)

Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Giant Cell Arteritis (Oxford Rheumatology Library)

Bhaskar Dasgupta and Christian Dejaco

Print publication date: Apr 2016

ISBN: 9780198729204

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Abstract

Polymyalgia rheumatica and giant cell arteritis are related conditions almost exclusively occurring in older people. Polymyalgia rheumatica is considered to be the rheumatic disease that is subject to the widest variations of clinical practice, partially due to the considerable uncertainty related to diagnosis and outcomes. Giant cell arteritis, an inflammatory form of vasculitis, may present with a broad spectrum of clinical manifestations and can be complicated by acute ischaemic events, the most serious of which is permanent blindness. Early recognition and adequate treatment of the condition is thus necessary to prevent loss of independency of patients and to maintain their quality of life.