Polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR)

Giant Cell (temporal) Arteritis (GCA)

  • Develops in 15% of PMR
  • NB jaw claudication, scalp tenderness
  • Beware ischaemic idiopathic retinopathy (25% of GCA) causing blindness
  • Amaurosis fugax (10% of GCA)
  • Early treatment with 60mg - 80mg Prednisolone / day
  • GCA Dx by biopsy


Management PMR

Content by Dr Íomhar O' Sullivan 06/01/2011. Last review Dr ÍOS 18/06/21.