Isolated superficial temporal artery dissection masquerading as giant cell arteritis

Aristidis Delis, Claire M. Pollard, Anil Prasad, Richard E. Sobonya, Luis R. Léon

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A 79-year-old male presented with symptoms suggesting giant cell arteritis (GCA) and elevation of acute-phase reactants. Bilateral superficial temporal artery (STA) biopsies were negative for GCA. However, the right-sided biopsy showed a STA dissection. Spontaneous isolated STA dissection has never been reported previously. The pertinent available literature is also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)296-299
Number of pages4
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2009


  • Giant cell arteritis
  • Superficial temporal artery
  • Temporal artery dissection
  • Vasculitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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