14/04/2020

Look beyond the temporal arteries when using ultrasound to diagnose giant cell arteritis (GCA)

Ultrasound is very popular in Europe to diagnose GCA. Many centres have a specialised GCA ultrasound service and use it in preference to temporal artery biopsy. This practice was supported in the 2018 European (EULAR) guidelines for diagnosing GCA. The temporal arteries on the scalp are the most convenient and highest…

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14/04/2020

Is there a role for routine positron emission tomography (PET) scans in stable patients with giant cell arteritis?

There is uncertainty as to whether GCA patients should undergo routine vascular screening at 6 months (by PET scan or ultrasound) to ensure the disease is well controlled. This paper from our team at Royal North Shore Hospital was published in April 2020. The findings are from a group of 21…

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