Educational Videos

Giant Cell Arteritis (GCA)

Part 1: An Overview of GCA

Classifying types of vasculitis. 4:15
It’s important to first talk about Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR). 6:31
Epidemiology of PMR. 7:28
Clinical manifestations of PMR. 8:09
Giant Cell Arteritis (GCA). 12:09
Epidemiology of GCA. 12:48
Clinical Symptoms of GCA. 13:43
Physical Findings. 15:30
Why an eye exam is important with GCA. 16:21
Complications in GCA. 17:59
What is the cause of GCA? 20:11
Which lab tests are helpful in the diagnosis of GCA? 21:59
Temporal artery biopsy (TAB). 24:32
Tools to diagnose GCA. 26:29
The treatment of GCA. 27:40
Will I need to be on medication for the rest of my life for GCA? 31:15
The future? 33:15
Conclusions. 34:26

Dr. Daniel DeMizio gives an in-depth, but patient-friendly overview about Giant Cell Vasculitis (GCA). He talks about diagnosing, treating, and managing GCA. He also covers some of the new, exciting research allowing doctors to better understand this form of vasculitis.

Part 2: Patient Stories and Q&A

June’s story of GCA. 0:32
John’s story of GCA. 12:00
Q: What is the difference in the symptoms for TMJ and symptoms in the jaw typically related to GCA? 17:52
Q: One of my symptoms has been a chronic hoarseness. There was a noticeable change in my voice before my dx of GCA. Can the doctor comment on this symptom? 19:34
Q: What is the typical age that a patient presents with GCA? Also, how old was your youngest, and your oldest patient? 21:07
Q: Can you still have temporal arteritis even if your inflammation levels are normal? 22:30
Q: Any new treatments on the horizon? 23:54
Q: Does Actemera have side effects different from Prednisone? 25:58
Q: What are signs to look for in a flare? 28:05
Q: Can you comment on Actemera and levels of immunosuppression as it relates to COVID. 30:27