What are the guidelines for regular follow-up 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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British guidelines recommend that patients with GCA have follow-up visits at weeks 1, 3, and 6 and then months 3, 6, 9, and 12 in the first year after diagnosis, with extra unscheduled visits as necessary if relapse or adverse events occur. [56] The typical patient with GCA remains on steroid therapy for roughly 2 years. Followup is recommended until 1 year after discontinuation of therapy.


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