Temporal arteritis: Treatment

Treatment

The goal of treatment is to reduce tissue damage that may occur because of lack of blood flow.

Your doctor may prescribe corticosteroids to reduce inflammation. Corticosteroid treatment may be started even before a biopsy confirms the diagnosis. Aspirin may also be recommended.

Medications that suppress the immune system are occasionally prescribed.

Prognosis (Expectations)

Most people make a full recovery, but long-term treatment (for 1 to 2 years or longer) may be needed. The condition may return at a later date.

Complications

Possible complications, especially if not treated properly or promptly, include:

  • Sudden vision loss or eye muscle weakness
  • Damage to other blood vessels in the body
  • TIA or stroke

Side effects from steroid or immune-suppressing medications may also occur.

Calling Your Health Care Provider

Call your health care provider if you have persistent throbbing headache and other symptoms of temporarl arteritis.

Pictures & Images

Carotid artery anatomy


Review Date : 1/16/2009
Reviewed By : Joseph P. Hart, M.D., Assistant Professor of Surgery, Medical University of Southern Carolina, Charleston, SC. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

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