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Arteritis, temporal

Inflammation of the wall of the artery which runs over the temple. The cause is unknown, but the condition is often associated with polymyalgia rheuma-tica; it occurs after the 60th year. Symptoms are severe one-sided headache and often hypersensitivity of the skin of the head. The patient suffers general symptoms such as fever, fatigue and loss of appetite. The temporal artery runs directly under the skin of the temple and is easily felt; if inflamed it thickens and is painful to the touch. Diagnosis is by removal of a small piece of the artery under local anaesthetic, then microscopic examination (biopsy).

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