Giant cell arteritis causes recurrent posterior circulation transient ischemic attacks which respond to corticosteroid

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A 67-year-old man presented with recurrent clinically diverse posterior circulation transient ischemic attacks which continued despite full anticoagulation. Giant cell arteritis was suspected because of a markedly elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rate and confirmed by temporal artery biopsy. Treatment with corticosteroids resulted in a prompt and enduring resolution of clinical symptoms. Giant cell arteritis may represent a treatable cause of posterior circulation transient ischemic attacks, uniquely responsive to corticosteroids.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)97-100
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Neurology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1987



  • Giant cell arteritis
  • Ischemic attacks
  • Posterior circulation disease
  • Transient

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology

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