giant cell arteritis

noun

: arterial inflammation that often involves the temporal arteries and may lead to blindness when the ophthalmic artery and its branches are affected, is characterized by the formation of giant cells, and may be accompanied by fever, malaise, fatigue, anorexia, weight loss, and arthralgia

called also temporal arteritis

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“Giant cell arteritis.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/giant%20cell%20arteritis. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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