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Letters Giant cell arteritis

Deliberations on giant cell arteritis

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 28 June 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l4390
  1. Colm McAlinden, specialty trainee in ophthalmology1,
  2. Eirini Skiadaresi, consultant ophthalmic surgeon2
  1. 1Department of Ophthalmology, Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend CF31 1RQ, UK
  2. 2Department of Ophthalmology, Prince Philip Hospital, Llanelli SA14 8QF, UK
  1. colm.mcalinden{at}

Lazarewicz and Watson provide a timely and authoritative clinical update on giant cell arteritis.1 We expand on a few points regarding clinical examination and management.

An important clinical sign is the absence of a palpable superficial temporal pulse. This is best palpated just anterior and superior to the tragus (above the zygomatic arch of the …

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