Giant cell arteritis manifesting as mesenteric ischemia.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

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.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Evans, DC; Murphy, MP; Lawson, JH

Published Date

  • November 2005

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 42 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 1019 - 1022

PubMed ID

  • 16275465

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0741-5214

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jvs.2005.07.004


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States