What are the benefits of early treatment of giant cell arteritis (GCA) (temporal arteritis)?

Updated: Sep 03, 2020
  • Author: Mythili Seetharaman, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Prompt initiation of treatment may prevent blindness and other potentially irreversible ischemic sequelae of GCA. [9] Corticosteroids are the mainstay of therapy. In steroid-resistant cases, drugs such as tocilizumab, cyclosporine, azathioprine, or methotrexate may be used as steroid-sparing agents. The typical patient with GCA remains on steroid therapy for roughly 2 years. (See Treatment and Medication.)


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