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The Association of Musculoskeletal Manifestations and Giant Cell Arteritis.

A. L. Scherbel, M.D., F.A.C.P.; and J. B. Hazard, M.D.
Ann Intern Med. 1961;54(5):1040. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-54-5-1040_1
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Giant cell arteritis, in contrast to periarteritis nodosa, is usually considered to be a benign, self-limiting vascular disease of unknown etiology involving the temporal or other cranial arteries in elderly people.

The close relationship between periarteritis nodosa and rheumatoid arthritis or other connective tissue disorders is well known. The purpose of this report is to describe the frequency of musculoskeletal manifestations in 11 patients with proved giant cell arteritis.

Seven of the patients were women; ages ranged from 57 to 77 years. Prodromal symptoms occurred for from two to eight months before localizing manifestations of the disease appeared. These included


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