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Can kids have giant cell arteritis?

Can kids have giant cell arteritis?

Giant cell arteritis (GCA) is rare in children. The kidneys are generally spared. We present a case of GCA in a 12-year-old girl with severe headache and tender scalp especially over the right temporal area.

What causes inflamed blood vessels in the head?

The exact cause of GCA is unknown, but it is thought to be an auto-immune condition, in which the body’s immune system attacks healthy cells in the arteries. This leads to inflammation. When the blood vessel lining becomes inflamed, giant cell lesions can form.

Do kids get temporal arteritis?

The clinical features that characterize juvenile temporal arteritis are the occurrence in children and young adults and the absence of associated features such as myalgia, visual disturbance, fever, anemia, and an increased erythrocyte sedimentation rate, which occur in classic temporal arteritis.

What happens to the blood vessels in the temples?

Temporal arteritis is a form of vasculitis (inflammation of the blood vessels). In temporal arteritis, also known as giant cell arteritis or Horton’s arteritis, the temporal arteries (the blood vessels near the temples), which supply blood from the heart to the scalp, are inflamed (swollen) and constricted (narrowed).

What kind of blood vessel does a baby have before birth?

Before birth, the baby has a blood vessel that runs between the aorta (the main artery to the body) and the pulmonary artery (the main artery to the lungs), called the ductus arteriosus.

Where are the veins in my daughter’s eyes?

The exact place is just above and to the side of her eyes, near her hairline. Actually it is pretty much the entire space between her eyes and hairline and even continues into her hairline. There are several large veins you can see and they are fairly dark. I am just curious to know if anyone else has noticed this on their children.

What does a blue vein on the bridge of a baby’s nose mean?

A blue vein visible on the bridge of a baby’s nose is called a “Sugar Bug”, or Kanmushi. In Chinese medicine it is known that this vein indicates that the child will be very sensitive to sugar. It is considered a “curvy road sign”, that forewarns parents to proceed…

When is a prominent vein near your temple dangerous?

Temple veins often become more prominent as you age & the skin thins on the face & the veins dilate a bit. Weight loss can also make temple veins more visible. Only time a vessel in the temple area can be dangerous is w/ “temporal arteritis” (artery not vein) & often symptoms of pain / tenderness / headache are present.

The exact place is just above and to the side of her eyes, near her hairline. Actually it is pretty much the entire space between her eyes and hairline and even continues into her hairline. There are several large veins you can see and they are fairly dark. I am just curious to know if anyone else has noticed this on their children.

Before birth, the baby has a blood vessel that runs between the aorta (the main artery to the body) and the pulmonary artery (the main artery to the lungs), called the ductus arteriosus.

What are the symptoms of thrombocytopenic purpura in children?

This condition occurs when your blood platelets decrease. Children often have immune thrombocytopenic purpura. Symptoms include bruising and bleeding in the mouth and nose. This occurs when your blood vessels become inflamed. Other symptoms include abdominal pain, kidney inflammation, and arthritis.