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All Diseases > Giant Cell (Temporal) Arteritis

Giant Cell (Temporal) Arteritis (GCA)

Alternative Names: Temporal Arteritis

Disease Category: Vasculitis Disorders

A rare disorder which is the most common blood vessel disorder affecting individuals over the age of 50. It is characterized by arteritis (inflammation of the medium and large-sized arteries in the body), particularly affecting the cranial (brain) arteries, especially the temporal arteries (arteries in the temples). Changes to affected artery walls over time result in poor blood circulation. Symptoms include headaches, visual disturbances, aneurysms (weakened areas in artery walls), stroke, fever, fatigue, malaise (general discomfort), depression, weight loss, and anemia (low red blood cells).

Research groups studying this disease

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Vasculitis Clinical Research Consortium (VCRC)

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Supports and advances the cause of vasculitis patients, researchers, and healthcare professionals.