Giant cell arteritis associated with chronic active Epstein-Barr virus infection

Reumatismo. 2013 Mar 28;65(1):36-9. doi: 10.4081/reumatismo.2013.36.


Giant cell arteritis is an inflammatory vasculopathy that preferentially affects medium-sized and large arteries. A viral cause has been suspected but not confirmed in polymyalgia rheumatica and giant-cell arteritis. We report the case of a 81-year-old female who suffered from chronic active Epstein-Barr virus infection and developed giant cell temporal arteritis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Biopsy
  • Chronic Disease
  • DNA, Viral / isolation & purification
  • Epstein-Barr Virus Infections / complications*
  • Female
  • Giant Cell Arteritis / etiology*
  • Giant Cell Arteritis / virology
  • Herpesvirus 4, Human / isolation & purification
  • Humans
  • Temporal Arteries / pathology
  • Temporal Arteries / virology


  • DNA, Viral