Giant cell arteritis manifesting as mesenteric ischemia

David Clay Evans, Michael Murphy, Jeffrey H. Lawson

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Abstract

We report a case of giant cell arteritis in an 80-year-old woman who presented with chronic mesenteric ischemia to our vascular surgery service. Computed tomography, arteriography, and magnetic resonance angiography revealed long, smooth stenosis of the superior mesenteric artery and focal stenosis of the celiac artery. After the patient was found to have an elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rate and a positive temporal artery biopsy specimen, glucocorticoid therapy was initiated. Giant cell arteritis is a rare and easily overlooked cause of vascular insufficiency that can result in a devastating clinical outcome if not recognized before surgical therapy or other interventions are attempted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1019-1022
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Vascular Surgery
Volume42
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2005

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Giant Cell Arteritis
Blood Vessels
Pathologic Constriction
Celiac Artery
Temporal Arteries
Superior Mesenteric Artery
Magnetic Resonance Angiography
Blood Sedimentation
Glucocorticoids
Angiography
Tomography
Biopsy
Therapeutics
Mesenteric Ischemia

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  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Surgery

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Giant cell arteritis manifesting as mesenteric ischemia. / Evans, David Clay; Murphy, Michael; Lawson, Jeffrey H.

In: Journal of Vascular Surgery, Vol. 42, No. 5, 11.2005, p. 1019-1022.

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Evans, David Clay ; Murphy, Michael ; Lawson, Jeffrey H. / Giant cell arteritis manifesting as mesenteric ischemia. In: Journal of Vascular Surgery. 2005 ; Vol. 42, No. 5. pp. 1019-1022.
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