Recovery of vision in a 47-year-old man with fulminant giant cell arteritis.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Giant cell arteritis is a systemic necrotizing vasculitis that often causes profound and irreversible visual loss in elderly individuals. We describe a 47-year-old man with fulminant giant cell arteritis whose clinical picture included severe visual loss and several unusual or previously unreported findings. Aggressive treatment with intravenous corticosteroids resulted in a dramatic improvement in the patient's vision. Although no firm conclusions can be drawn from the outcome in a single case, we believe that, in some patients with arteritic ischemic optic neuropathy, aggressive treatment with intravenous corticosteroids may be associated with a better visual prognosis than treatment by the oral route.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Postel, EA; Pollock, SC

Published Date

  • December 1993

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 13 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 262 - 270

PubMed ID

  • 8113439

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0272-846X


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States