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Giant Cell Arteritis Study

Newsdate: 17 March 2015

Giant cell arteritis (GCA) is a condition in which medium and large arteries, usually in the head and neck, become inflamed. It's sometimes called temporal arteritis because it is the arteries around the temples are usually affected.

The condition is one of the most common types of inflammation of the arteries and veins (vasculitis). Symptoms of giant cell arteritis include aching and soreness in and around the temple, jaw muscle pain while eating and vision loss. In many cases the condition would be associated with significant stiffness and pain in the shoulders and thighs. These can often develop suddenly, but may follow vague symptoms such as weight loss and prolonged tiredness.

The Research and Development Department at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS FT are investigating a new treatment for GCA and are seeking interested patients. This treatment, headed by Dr Chattopadhyay – Consultant Rheumatologist, is for patients who are suffering a relapse of their condition and are aged 50 and over.

If you are interested in getting involved please call the Research Team at Wrightington Hospital on 01257 488264.