What are the possible complications of long-term steroid treatment for 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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Complications of long-term steroid treatment that may occur in patients with GCA include the following:

  • Vertebral body compression fracture (26%)
  • Symptomatic steroid myopathy (11%)
  • Steroid psychosis (3%)

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