Temporal arteritis is a condition of inflammation of the arteries. It affects the head, neck, upper body, and arms. The temporal artery is most often affected. It runs over the temple, to the outside of the eye. In extreme or untreated cases, this condition can lead to blindness or strokes. Two other terms often associated with this condition include:
- Giant cell arteritis (GCA)—another name for temporal arteritis
- Vasculitis—a general term for swelling or inflammation of blood vessels
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