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Diagnosis of Giant Cell Arteritis Following Negative Temporal Artery Biopsy

Purpose:

To identify a patient with a negative temporal artery biopsy who may later be diagnosed with giant cell arteritis based on the study of Breuer et al.

Specialty:

Immunology/Rheumatology

Objective:

laboratory tests, prevention

ICD-10:

M31.5, M3.6

Description:

Breuer et al identified clinical factors in patients with a negative temporal artery biopsy who subsequently were diagnosed with giant cell arteritis. This underlies the need to continue monitoring the patient after a negative biopsy. The authors are from Shaare-Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.

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