Facial edema as an earlier presenting sign of giant cell arteritis

Bahat G., AKIN S., TUFAN F., Gelincik A., ERTEN N., Karan M. A.

ZEITSCHRIFT FUR RHEUMATOLOGIE, vol.70, no.2, pp.160-162, 2011 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 70 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s00393-010-0702-5
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.160-162
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


Giant cell arteritis (GCA) is a chronic granulomatous vasculitis of unknown etiology occurring in the elderly. New-onset headache, scalp tenderness, jaw claudication, temporal artery abnormalities on physical examination, visual symptoms and associated polymyagia rheumatica represent the most typical and frequent features of the disease. However, facial edema is being more commonly recognized as a presenting symptom that may herald the disease. We present a case with facial edema as initial symptom and discuss if this rare symptom of GCA is due to hereditary or acquired angioedema.