Giant Cell Arteritis on Inside Health - radio 4

GCA has just been given a slot on Radio 4. They talked to two patients and made the point that it can be very hard to diagnose. They also highlighted the fact that two-thirds of patients were likely to suffer from polymyalgia rheumatica. A rheumatologist that they talked to claimed that the difficulty of diagnosis meant that it could take two and a half months before treatment started. This seems very optimistic to me....most people seem to take much longer, whatever the specific type of vasculitis? The good thing was that he emphasised that correct diagnosis, and steroid treatment, was very important if patients were to retain their sight.

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  • this is excellent thank you for sharing. which programme was it on and I will see if I can find it. GCA is the most common type of Vasculitis but seems to affect people over a certain age.

  • It is on bbc iplayer.....the programme is called Inside Health, and its the edition that starts with appendicitis. Sorry, can't work out the web address!

  • thank you I will locate from the above details :-) and if I find it I will post it here :-)

  • Found it..... 12mins and 30 seconds into the programme. :-)

    Susan bbc.co.uk/programmes/b036v9hq

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