Which imaging studies are performed when aortic or carotid artery disease is suspected 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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In rare cases, serious suspicion for aortic or carotid artery disease may warrant invasive imaging studies. Aortic arch and cerebral angiography may show occlusion or alternating stenotic areas. However, temporal artery arteriography has no diagnostic value in GCA and does not aid in predicting the proper biopsy site for the temporal artery.


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