What are the less common symptoms 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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Less common symptoms, which are almost never the presenting complaint, include the following:

  • Limb claudication (8%)
  • Transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) or stroke (4-7%)
  • Scintillating scotoma (5%)
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome (5%) or other peripheral neuropathies
  • Tongue or throat claudication (4%)
  • Diplopia or ptosis (2%)
  • Tongue numbness (2%)
  • Myelopathic symptoms (< 1%)
  • Affective or psychotic symptoms [59, 60]
  • Facial pain (rare)
  • Scalp necrosis (rare) [63, 61, 63, 66]
  • Tongue necrosis (rare) [66, 66]

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