What is the role of bilateral temporal artery duplex ultrasonography in the diagnosis 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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Alberts et al reported that in clinical practice, bilateral temporal artery duplex ultrasonography can serve the same function as biopsy, but without subjecting patients to the potential morbidity of a surgical procedure. TAB could be reserved for cases in which the ultrasonographic result is inconsistent with the clinical picture, in which case the biopsy result, if different, might influence the treatment decision. [92]


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