Giant-cell arteritis of the female genital tract associated with occult temporal arteritis and FDG-PET evidence of large-vessel vasculitis

Gianluigi Bajocchi, Giovanna Zamorani, Alberto Cavazza, Nicolò Pipitone, Annibale Versari, Luigi Boiardi, Carlo Salvarani

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Abstract

We describe a case of giant cell arteritis (GCA) of the female genital tract. Fluorine-18-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (18F-FDG PET) and CT-scan showed evidence of large-vessel vasculitis involving the thoracic aorta and its branches, while temporal artery biopsy showed arteritis despite the absence of clinical manifestations suggestive of GCA. We review the literature and discuss the relationship between "cranial" GCA, large-vessel GCA and female genital GCA.

Original languageEnglish
JournalClinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Volume25
Issue number1 SUPPL. 44
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2007

Keywords

  • Female genital tract
  • Giant cell arteritis
  • Positron emission tomography
  • Temporal artery biopsy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology
  • Immunology

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