November 1985

Asymptomatic Giant Cell Arteritis

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medicine, Mater Hospital, University College Dublin. Dr C. G. Gallagher is now at the Respiratory Investigation Unit, the University of Manitoba Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg.

Arch Intern Med. 1985;145(11):2122. doi:10.1001/archinte.1985.00360110198040

• A 71-year-old asymptomatic man was investigated because of anemia and an elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rate. Temporal artery biopsy showed that he had active giant cell arteritis. To our knowledge, this is the first report of giant cell arteritis in an asymptomatic patient. Giant cell arteritis may remain undiagnosed during life in many cases and may be an important cause of unexplained anemia in the elderly.

(Arch Intern Med 1985;145:2122)