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Giant cell arteritis characterised by sore throat
  1. Kiera Brigh Turner1,
  2. Jonathan Wideroff2 and
  3. Lawrence Brickman1
  1. 1Charles E Schmidt College of Medicine, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida, USA
  2. 2General Surgery, Delray Medical Center, Delray Beach, Florida, USA
  1. Correspondence to Kiera Brigh Turner; kieraturner2019{at}


Giant cell arteritis is a devastating condition that can lead to permanent vision loss. Early diagnosis is vital to initiate corticosteroid treatment before irreversible visual symptoms develop. This case study examines an 81-year-old woman with a history of polymyalgia rheumatica who initially presented with sore throat and headache. She was ultimately diagnosed with giant cell arteritis. However, her diagnosis was delayed by multiple emergency and outpatient providers who failed to evaluate her for giant cell arteritis. Her story reflects the importance of assessing polymyalgia rheumatica patients for giant cell arteritis even when presenting with more unusual symptoms, such as sore throat.

  • rheumatology
  • vasculitis
  • vascular surgery

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  • Contributors KBT drove the conception of the work, gathered the clinical details, drafted the report and revised the manuscript. LB provided critical review and reviewed the final manuscript. JW provided critical review and advised and edited the final manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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