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papilloedema

Hello Dr. Can you  have papilloedema with Giant Cell Arteritis?Does G.C.A. cause it? I recently was seen by an Ophthalmologist who said I had swollen optic discs and nerves. I have been receiving treatment for G.C.A. since Nov07. There is a question about Benign Intercranial Hypertention but surely you could not have the two illness?
Thanking you in advance, Cath278
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Hello Dear,
GCA, also known as temporal arteritis, is a vasculitis that mainly affects medium-sized vessels and occasionally also involves larger-caliber vessels. The condition is seen in patients older than 50 years. Giant cell arteritis  is suspected in patients older than 50 years with amaurosis fugax or ischemic visual loss, and elevated ESR and CRP levels,papilledema.
Papilledema may present with chronic headache and blurred vision. The term "papilledema" is reserved for optic-disc swelling secondary to increased intracranial pressure .Papilledema may be bilateral, unilateral, or asymmetric.
Papillodema exists in both the conditions.
Refer http://www.residentandstaff.com/issues/articles/2005-08_04.asp
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Thank you very much for your reply. It was a big help! Also the http site was very good. Im starting to pull all the bits together and understand this illness a bit better. It helps with the fear factor. Cath278
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