How common are aneurysms in patients with 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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Evans and colleagues reported aortic aneurysms occurring in 15% of patients at a median of 6 years after the initial diagnosis of GCA. Two thirds were thoracic aortic aneurysms, with the majority located in the ascending aorta. Almost 33% of patients developed symptomatic aortic regurgitation. Approximately 50% of patients with thoracic aortic aneurysms died suddenly from aortic dissection.


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