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March 27, 2002

Value of Ophthalmologic Examination in Diagnosing Temporal Arteritis

JAMA. 2002;287(12):1528-1529. doi:10.1001/jama.287.12.1523

To the Editor: In their Rational Clinical Examination article about temporal arteritis, Drs Smetana and Shmerling1 suggest that a temporal artery biopsy is important but fail to consider the role of the ophthalmologist. A more rational approach would include a complete ophthalmic examination by an ophthalmologist, neuro-ophthalmologist, or retina specialist. The eye findings could point toward the correct diagnosis (and might suggest other reasons to proceed with the contemplated temporal artery biopsy).

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