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How is a temporal arteritis diagnosis confirmed?

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Everyone with polymyalgia rheumatica is also tested for temporal arteritis. The doctor will start by performing a physical exam and listening to the patient's symptoms.

If the doctor suspects you have temporal arteritis, she'll do a temporal artery biopsy to confirm the diagnosis. The biopsy is taken from a part of the temporal artery located in the hairline, in front of the ear. In most cases, the biopsy is helpful, but in some individuals it may be negative or normal -- even though the person does have temporal arteritis.

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American College of Rheumatology.

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 13, 2018

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American College of Rheumatology.

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 13, 2018

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