Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology / 1994 / Article

Case Record | Open Access

Volume 8 |Article ID 641460 |

Donald R Duerksen, Laurence D Jewell, Vincent G Bain, "Hepatic Giant Cell Arteritis and Polymyalgia Rheumatica", Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, vol. 8, Article ID 641460, 3 pages, 1994.

Hepatic Giant Cell Arteritis and Polymyalgia Rheumatica

Received28 Jun 1993
Accepted30 Aug 1993


Polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) is a clinical syndrome of the elderly characterized by malaise, proximal muscle aching and stiffness, low grade fever, elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rare and the frequent association with temporal giant cell arteritis. The authors describe a case of PMR associated with hepatic giant cell arteritis. This lesion has been described in two other clinical reports. The distribution of the arteritis may be patchy; in this report, diagnosis was made with a wedge biopsy performed after an initial nonspecific percutaneous liver biopsy. The authors review the spectrum of liver involvement in PMR and giant cell arteritis. Hepatic abnormalities respond to systemic corticosteroids, and patients with hepatic arteritis have a good prognosis.

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