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Giant Cell Arteritis
Posted by: Liz H.
Date: October 22, 2001 11:20 PM

Thanks for having a page on giant cell arteritis. Other than a person having the symptoms described, are there tests to confirm this diagnosis?

RE: Giant Cell Arteristis
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: October 23, 2001 1:43 AM

There are no specific tests, so the diagnosis is arrived at by symptoms and certain non-specific lab tests, namely:
elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rate or C-reactive protein
blood count showing normochromic, normocytic anemia
elevated fibrinogen
increase plasma viscosity
abnormal liver function tests

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