When is hospitalization indicated in the treatment 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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Most patients with GCA can be treated on an outpatient basis. Hospital admission may be indicated for patients with particularly severe symptoms or those unable to provide self-care at home. After resolution of acute GCA, patients require regular followup to monitor for disease recurrence, steroid complications during steroid therapy, and long-term complications such as aortic aneurysm.

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