Journal of Otology & RhinologyISSN: 2324-8785

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Case Report, J Otol Rhinol Vol: 4 Issue: 4

Giant Cell Arteritis Presenting with Intermittent Tongue Ischaemia

Bobinskas AM1*, Johnston L1, Porter DR2 and Devine JC1
1Regional Maxillofacial Unit, Southern General Hospital, Glasgow, UK
2Department of Rheumatology, Gartnavel General Hospital, Glasgow, UK
Corresponding author : Alexander M. Bobinskas
Regional Maxillofacial Unit, Neurological Sciences Institute, Southern General Hospital, 1345 Govan Rd, Glasgow G51 4TF, UK
Received: February 12, 2015 Accepted: May 13, 2015 Published: May 13, 2015
Citation: Bobinskas AM, Johnston L, Porter DR, Devine JC (2014) Giant Cell Arteritis Presenting with Intermittent Tongue Ischaemia. J Otol Rhinol 4:4. doi:10.4172/2324-8785.1000232


Giant Cell Arteritis (GCA) is a vasculitic condition that primarily affects medium and large arteries in the head and neck region. The disease is uncommon in patients under 50 years of age and is more frequently observed in females. GCA classically presents with headache, jaw claudication scalp tenderness and less commonly with visual disturbance. GCA presenting with lingual ischaemia or necrosis is rare. We report a case of GCA that presented with lingual involvement and discuss the diagnosis, investigation and treatment strategies of GCA.

Keywords: Giant cell arteritis; Necrosis; Tongue; Vasculitis

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