Temporal Arteritis

At Susan Baker, MD’s office in Beverly Hills, we seek to educate and treat patients with the highest quality of concern and care. Patients with temporal arteritis are often overwhelmed after a diagnosis, or when seeking treatment for symptoms. Temporal arteritis, also commonly referred to as giant-cell arteritis or cranial arteritis, is inflammation or damage to the temporal artery, which is the blood supply for the head. Temporal arteritis is a treatable condition, and quality treatment is imperative after a diagnosis. In Beverly Hills, Dr. Baker provides the treatment available for temporal arteritis leaving you with concise answers regarding your health. Get in contact with Dr. Baker to schedule an appointment by calling (310) 274–7770.

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Symptoms of Temporal Arteritis

Many of the symptoms of temporal arteritis uncomfortably interfere with our daily lives. While the list of symptoms is long, each person may present with an individual host of symptoms. Many symptoms of temporal arteritis are signs of other conditions as well, therefore Dr. Baker will examine you with a holistic approach. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, it is highly encouraged to contact Dr. Baker for a consultation today:

  • Disturbance in vision (blurred vision, double vision)
  • Acute vision loss (sudden loss of vision)
  • Fever
  • Excessive sweating
  • Throbbing headache
  • General ill feeling
  • Loss of appetite
  • Facial pains
  • Mouth sores
  • Depression
  • Unintentional weightless
  • Tenderness in scalp area

The National Institute of Health also reports nearly 40 percent of also patients with temporal arteritis will experience respiratory problems or nerve pain as well. If this sounds familiar, consider speaking to a medical professional about what can be done for you.

Diagnosing Temporal Arteritis

To receive a diagnosis of temporal arteritis, Dr. Baker will want to conduct a physical examination and likely a blood test. Dr. Baker will examine your head for inflammation near the arteries, or tenderness to the touch. Blood tests may be ordered, and in some cases a biopsy of the artery Dr. Baker suspects is affected may be necessary for a concise diagnosis. This can be performed on an outpatient basis, or in conjunction with an MRI or CT Scan.

Treatment for Temporal Arteritis

Because there is no cure for temporal arteritis, quality treatment is essential to make sure conditions do not worsen. Corticosteroids are usually prescribed as soon as a diagnosis is suspected to decrease the chances of irreversible blindness because of ophthalmic artery occlusion. Corticosteroids are prescribed for a year or two, and the amount needed is lowered with time. Dr. Baker will recommend how often she wants to see you for an appointment to monitor your progress and ensure your health is on track.

To learn more about temporal arteritis, visit WebMD.com.

Temporal Arteritis FAQs

Q: What other treatments are available for temporal arteritis?

A: While there is no cure, corticosteroid treatment helps relieve symptoms and prevent conditions from worsening. In conjunction with the medication patients are advised to stop alcohol and tobacco intake, take extra calcium and vitamin D, exercise more frequently and monitor bone density.

Q: Who is more likely to be diagnosed with temporal arteritis?

A: Patients over 50 years are more likely to have temporal arteritis. It is less common on African Americans, and there is evidence to support it may be heritable. Women are four times more likely to develop the condition.

Q: Is temporal arteritis only in the temporal arteries?

A: Temporal arteritis is an inflammation the most commonly occurs in the temporal arteries, but can also occur in any medium or large artery in the head.

Visit the Temporal Arteritis Expert in Beverly Hills

If you want more information on temporal arteritis, or want to seek the expert treatment of Dr. Baker, call our office today at (310) 274-7770. We look forward to treating you at our Beverly Hills facilities in the near future.

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