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Case Reports in Rheumatology
Volume 2014, Article ID 424295, 3 pages
Case Report

A Rare Cause of Pericardial Effusion: Giant Cell Arteritis

1Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, Gaziosmanpasa University, Ali Sevki Erek Campus, 60100 Tokat, Turkey
2Department of Cardiology, School of Medicine, Gaziosmanpasa University, 60100 Tokat, Turkey
3Department of Pathology, School of Medicine, Gaziosmanpasa University, 60100 Tokat, Turkey

Received 12 September 2013; Accepted 8 December 2013; Published 2 January 2014

Academic Editors: S. Koarada, P. Njobvu, and J. C. Nossent

Copyright © 2014 Turker Tasliyurt et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Giant cell arteritis is a granulomatous vasculitis characterized by medium or large sized vessel involvement. Although extracranial branches of the carotid artery are typically involved, involvement of aorta and its major branches can also be seen. Cardiac involvement has been encountered less frequently and pericardial effusion is rarely encountered. In this paper, a case has been presented in which pericardial effusion was determined during the examination and diagnosis was giant cell arteritis.