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Jane's Blog Giant Cell Arteritis

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Jane's Blog Giant Cell Arteritis

Giant cell arteritis (GCA), or temporal arteritis, is an inflammatory disease affecting the large blood vessels of the scalp, neck and arms typically affecting women over the age of 50 and most often between the ages of 70 and 80.  It is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s own immune system attacks the blood vessels, including the temporal arteries, which supply blood to the head and the brain and is often associated with polymyalgia rheumatica. The lining of arteries becomes inflamed, causing them to swell. This swelling narrows the blood vessels, reducing the amount of blood and sometimes blockages....

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