Should patients with giant cell arteritis (GCA) (temporal arteritis) restrict physical activity?

Updated: Sep 03, 2020
  • Author: Mythili Seetharaman, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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No activity restrictions are necessary in a patient with GCA who is asymptomatic on adequate therapy. If a patient has ischemic eye or brain symptoms, then bedrest in a supine position may be desirable before or when first beginning steroid therapy. Some patients may have orthostatically sensitive amaurosis fugax, but this is rare.


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