Why would failure to diagnose giant cell arteritis (GCA) (temporal arteritis) be considered a medicolegal risk?

Updated: Sep 03, 2020
  • Author: Mythili Seetharaman, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Many of the clinical manifestations of giant cell arteritis (GCA) are nonspecific, and consequently the differential diagnosis is long. GCA can cause blindness, and this dreaded complication can often be prevented with prompt diagnosis and institution of therapy. Failure to do so represents a medicolegal pitfall in addition to suboptimal medical practice. Treatment is long and often complicated, however, so overdiagnosis also has hazards.


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