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Temporal Arteritis in Blacks

DANIEL C. LOVE, M.D.; JEFFREY RAPKIN, M.D.; G. ROBERT LESSER, M.D.; BARRY M. SHMOOKLER, M.D.; MARTIN P. KOLSKY, M.D.; BILLY JACKSON, M.D.; and WERNER F. BARTH, M.D.
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▸Requests for reprints should be addressed to Werner F. Barth, M.D.; Section of Rheumatology, Washington Hospital Center, 110 Irving St., N.W.; Washington, DC 20010.


Ann Intern Med. 1986;105(3):387-389. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-105-3-387
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Temporal arteritis is considered rare in blacks. In 1977, Healy and Wilske (1) noted that whites had a strong predilection for giant cell arteritis and polymyalgia rheumatica and that no cases had been reported in other races. Since then, 17 biopsy-proven cases have been reported in blacks (2-16). After seeing several black patients with temporal arteritis at our institution, we reviewed the medical records of several hospitals serving large urban populations and found 17 additional biopsy-proven cases.

Case histories of temporal arteritis in blacks were found in The Washington Hospital Center (eight patients) and Howard University Hospital (one patient) in

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