Atypical temporal arteritis causing posterior circulation stroke

J Clin Neurosci. 2010 Sep;17(9):1206-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jocn.2010.01.009.


We report an 80-year-old woman presenting with a posterior circulation infarct secondary to temporal arteritis. The clinical and laboratory features were atypical. This case highlights the importance of having a low threshold for considering a temporal artery biopsy as accurate diagnosis, and prompt intervention may improve outcomes.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Cerebral Angiography
  • Female
  • Giant Cell Arteritis / complications*
  • Giant Cell Arteritis / diagnostic imaging
  • Humans
  • Ischemic Attack, Transient / diagnostic imaging
  • Ischemic Attack, Transient / etiology*
  • Temporal Arteries / diagnostic imaging*