Pulmonary artery obstruction due to giant cell arteritis

Chest. 1987 Jun;91(6):924-5. doi: 10.1378/chest.91.6.924.


Giant cell arteritis is often referred to in the context of polymyalgia rheumatica with temporal artery involvement. There are, however, more malignant forms of presentation of this necrotizing arteritis involving either the great vessels of the aorta or, occasionally, the pulmonary arteries. Our case relates to giant cell arteritis presenting as pulmonary artery obstruction in a patient without polymyalgia rheumatica or extensive aortic or proximal great vessel involvement.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Arterial Occlusive Diseases / etiology*
  • Arterial Occlusive Diseases / pathology
  • Female
  • Giant Cell Arteritis / complications*
  • Humans
  • Pulmonary Artery / pathology*