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Temporal Arteritis Misdiagnosis Claims

As one of the most common types of inflammation of the arteries and veins it is estimated that about one in every 4,500 people will develop temporal arteritis each year.

Our solicitors have seen many cases where medical professionals have failed to diagnose temporal arteritis and their patients have suffered as a result, in these circumstances those affected will be entitled to make a temporal arteritis misdiagnosis claim.

What is a Temporal Arteritis Misdiagnosis?

Giant cell arteritis (GCA) is a condition in which medium and large arteries, typically in the head and neck, become inflamed. It is sometimes called ‘temporal arteritis’ because usually it affects the arteries around the temples.

Although exact temporal arteritis causes are unclear, it is thought that a combination of genetic and environmental factors may be responsible for its development. Age is a big factor as it tends to affect people above middle-age, predominantly those in their 60s. Women are far more likely to be affected by it than men and also Caucasian people.

Temporal arteritis causes serious complications when left to develop. These can include:

  • Loss of vision that can lead to total blindness
  • An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) (swelling of the aorta)
  • Increased risk of cardiovascular disease

Common Symptoms of Temporal Arteritis

The tell-tale sign of temporal arteritis tends to be a sudden headache that affects the front or side of the head. In some cases, the arteries in the temples can be visibly swollen and even brushing the hair can be touchy.

This pain can extend down to the jaw when talking or eating, however this is a less common symptom.

Problems with vision affect about one in five people with GCA and if left untreated this can lead to blindness in one or both eyes. Many people will also experience episodes of double vision before the loss of vision occurs.

How to make a Temporal Arteritis Misdiagnosis Claim

Having temporal arteritis diagnosed and treated as soon as possible is the only way to reduce the risk of blindness, the illnesses symptoms develop quickly which means patients are dependent on a doctor’s ability to diagnose the illness quickly.

Securing compensation by making an arteritis misdiagnosis claim can help to ease the financial and emotional strain caused by the negligence of a medical professional.

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