Giant cell arteritis and polymyalgia rheumatica

Tim Bongartz, Eric L. Matteson

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Giant cell arteritis (GCA) and polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) are relatively common diseases of the middle aged and elderly. Their cause is unknown, and their incidence increases with age (1). The two conditions are genetically and clinically linked, although there are differences in their pathophysiology (2). They are systemic diseases frequently associated with constitutional symptoms including fevers, malaise, and weight loss. Both conditions may present with pain and stiffness of the neck and shoulder girdle muscles. GCA may also present with ear, nose, and throat manifestations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHead and Neck Manifestations of Systemic Disease
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781420017564
ISBN (Print)9780849340505
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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