Temporal Arteritis

Temporal Arteritis is a potential blinding disease that is treated with steroids. It is most commonly seen in patients over the age of 50. 

 

What are the symptoms of Temporal Arteritis?

 

Temporal Arteritis is characterized by some or all of the following symptoms:

 

Vision loss

Temporary Blurring of Vision

Headache

Eye Pain

Scalp Tenderness

Fatigue

Weight loss

Jaw Fatigue

 

Temporal Arteritis sounds scary. Should I see a doctor if I think I have it?

 

Temporal Arteritis is an emergency! Patients can be blind in both eyes from temporal arteritis. If you think you have temporal arteritis you should see your doctor immediately?

 

How does Dr Thiagarajah diagnose Temporal Arteritis?

 

 

 

Dr Thiagarajh diagnoses temporal arteritis with blood tests and usually a biopsy of the temporal artery or blood vessel of the skin of the scalp.

 

What is the treatment for Temporal Arteritis?

 

Treatment for Temporal Arteritis is steroids along with other medicines. 

 

How long is a Temporal Artery Biopsy?

 

A temporal artery biopsy takes about 20 minutes. It is done as an outpatient procedure where the patient goes home that day. Dr Thiagarajah usually will see the patient at one weeks time after the surgery.