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Giant-Cell Arteritis in a Black Patient

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Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio

Ann Intern Med. 1978;88(5):659-660. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-88-5-659
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Recent papers have stated that giant-cell arteritis occurs only in white patients (1, 2). We wish to report a case of documented giant-cell arteritis in a black patient.

A 79-year-old Mississippi-born black woman with adult-onset diabetes and mild atherosclerotic heart disease developed morning stiffness of the shoulder girdle in March 1973. She was treated with aspirin with good results. Six months later she began to experience moderately severe headaches that occurred daily over the temporal and midparietal areas and were only partially relieved by aspirin. She also complained of weakness and loss of appetite; over the next 2 months, she


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