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Color duplex ultrasonography findings of temporal arteries in a case of giant cell arteritis: role in diagnosis and follow-up

Authors Laria A, Lurati A, Scarpellini M

Received 14 April 2016

Accepted for publication 24 June 2016

Published 15 March 2017 Volume 2017:9 Pages 55—59

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/OARRR.S110585

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Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Editor who approved publication: Professor Chuan-Ju Liu


Antonella Laria, Alfredo Lurati, Magda Scarpellini

Fornaroli Hospital, Rheumatology Unit, Magenta, Italy


Abstract: Giant cell arteritis (GCA) is a systemic autoimmune disease that affects medium- and large-sized arteries. The diagnostic gold standard is the temporal artery biopsy, but it has limited sensitivity and some difficulties in reproducibility. Color duplex ultrasonography is a noninvasive, reproducible, and inexpensive method for diagnosis of temporal arteries involvement (temporal arteritis [TA]) in GCA with high sensitivity and specificity. We present the ultrasound findings at baseline and during follow-up in a case of TA in a patient with GCA.

Keywords: color duplex ultrasonography, temporal arteries, halo sign, temporal arteritis, GCA

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