Polymyalgia rheumatica and temporal arteritis.


Journal Article (Review)

Polymyalgia rheumatica and temporal arteritis are a clinical syndrome and clinicopathologic entity, respectively. Polymyalgia rheumatica occurs more commonly than temporal arteritis, with approximately half of all patients with temporal arteritis having the polymyalgia rheumatica syndrome. Both conditions are found in the population over 50 years of age and are associated with an elevated ESR. The etiology of both is unclear, although genetic, and potentially, environmental factors may play significant roles. Both conditions respond to corticosteroid therapy, but patients with temporal arteritis require significantly higher doses to control symptoms and to prevent blindness.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Allen, NB; Studenski, SA

Published Date

  • March 1, 1986

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 70 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 369 - 384

PubMed ID

  • 3512931

Pubmed Central ID

  • 3512931

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0025-7125

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/s0025-7125(16)30959-2


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States