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Which one of the following is true regarding the treatment of temporal arteritis?

A) Most patients require consultation with rheumatologist for arthrocentesis of involved joints
B) Patients should expect to take medication for 1-2 years
C) Ischemic optic neuritis will not develop if treatment is initiated early
D) Vascular disease does not occur outside the central nervous system
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Which one of the following is true regarding the treatment of temporal arteritis?

A) Most patients require consultation with rheumatologist for arthrocentesis of involved joints
B) Patients should expect to take medication for 1-2 years
C) Ischemic optic neuritis will not develop if treatment is initiated early
D) Vascular disease does not occur outside the central nervous system
C) Ischemic optic neuritis will not develop if treatment is initiated early
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When treated early with prednisone, temporal arteritis has an excellent prognosis. Treatment should continue with low doses of prednisone for 1-2 years to prevent relapse. Joint involvement with effusion does not occur and there is no need for arthrocentesis. Most patients achieve complete recovery that persists even after medications are withdrawn. Ischemic optic neuritis is less likely to occur while the patient is receiving treatment. Claudication, MI, aortic aneurysm, and visceral infarction have all been reported as well as strokes.
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