Cure Research for Temporal arteritis


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Research discussion: Researchers studying possible causes of polymyalgia rheumatica and giant cell arteritis are investigating the role of genetic predisposition, immune system abnormalities, and environmental factors. Scientists also are looking for markers of the diseases, exploring treatments, and studying why the two disorders often occur together.

With funding from the National Eye Institute, a new mouse model of giant cell arteritis is being used to examine interactions between the immune system and blood vessels to explain tissue damage.1

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1. excerpt from Questions and Answers About Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Giant Cell Arteritis: NIAMS

Last revision: June 19, 2003

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