What is the recommended dosage for corticosteroid therapy for 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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Despite corticosteroids serving as the mainstay of therapy, no consensus exists regarding a standard initial dose or maintenance dosing schedules. Authorities do agree that the initiation of steroid therapy should not be delayed while awaiting temporal artery biopsy, because biopsy can still confirm the diagnosis, especially during the first week of steroid therapy, and prompt therapy can help the patient avoid serious sequelae.


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