Refractory giant cell arteritis with spinal cord infarction

Steven L. Galetta, L. J. Balcer, A. P. Lieberman, N. A. Syed, J. M. Lee, J. C. Oberholtzer

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We report an elderly patient with aggressive steroid-refractory giant cell arteritis manifesting as myelopathy and bilateral visual loss while on treatment. Pathologically, spinal cord infarction was observed and was due to extensive necrotizing granulomatous arteritis of spinal arteries. Spinal cord damage in giant cell arteritis is rare. One prior autopsy report of spinal cord infarction in giant cell arteritis did not identify vasculitic changes in the spinal arteries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1720-1723
Number of pages4
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1997


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