Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Giant Cell Arteritis

Paperback | April 11, 2016

EditorBhaskar DasGupta, Christian Dejaco

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Polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) and giant cell arteritis (GCA) are related conditions occurring almost exclusively in older people. Polymyalgia rheumatica is considered to be the rheumatic disease that is subject to the widest variations of clinical practice, partially due to the considerableuncertainty related to diagnosis and outcomes. Giant cell arteritis, an inflammatory form of vasculitis, may present with a broad spectrum of clinical manifestations and can be complicated by acute ischemic events, the most serious of which is permanent blindness. Early recognition and adequatetreatment of the condition is thus necessary to prevent patients' loss of independence and to maintain their quality of life. Part of the Oxford Rheumatology Library series, Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Giant Cell Arteritis provides quick and practically relevant information on several aspects of the diseases, particularly on diagnosis and management, with the ultimate aim of improving the patient's care. Chapters highlightcurrent concepts of pathogenesis, recent advances of diagnostic and therapeutic approaches, and the ongoing research into the identification of new biomarkers and corticosteroid-sparing medications. Each chapter is complemented with key message boxes highlighting the most relevant information forclinical practice. This concise but comprehensive reference is particularly suited for rheumatologists, general practitioners, and other professionals caring for patients with PMR and GCA.

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Polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) and giant cell arteritis (GCA) are related conditions occurring almost exclusively in older people. Polymyalgia rheumatica is considered to be the rheumatic disease that is subject to the widest variations of clinical practice, partially due to the considerableuncertainty related to diagnosis and outcomes. ...

Professor Bhaskar Dasgupta is a leading rheumatologist and Head of Rheumatology at Southend University Hospital, Essex, offering specialist services for inflammatory arthritides. He is regarded as one of the leading clinicians in his specialty worldwide, and has helped Southend University Hospital grow to become one of the foremost cen...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.07 inPublished:April 11, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198729200

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Table of Contents

1. Miguel A. Gonzalez-Gay, Trinitario Pina, and Ricardo Blanco: Definition and epidemiology2. Maria C. Cid: Etiology and pathogenesis3. William Docken, Eric Matteson, and Bhaskar Dasgupta: Classification criteria and clinical presentation of polymyalgia rheumatica4. Carlo Salvarani and Nicolo Pipitone: Clinical presentation of giant cell arteritis5. Nicolo Pipitone: Laboratory findings6. Wolfgang A Schmidt: Ultrasound7. Nicolo Pipitone: Temporal artery biopsy8. Daniel Blockmans: Magnetic resonance imaging9. Marco Cimmino and Dario Camellino: Differential diagnosis10. Frank Buttgereit: Corticosteroids11. Christian Dejaco: Role of steroid sparing agents12. Bhaskar Dasgupta: Treatment of a relapses, approach to difficult to treat patients13. Pravin Patil and N Karia: Management of sight loss and other disease and treatment related complications14. Christian Dejaco: Determination of disease activity and outcomes15. Sarah Mackie: Prognosis, duration of therapy16. Christian Mallen: PMR and GCA in primary care17. Cindy Crowson and S. Gabriel: Socioeconomic implications of PMR and GCA18. Kate Gilbert: Patients' education, patient charities