Updates on Progress in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Giant Cell Arteritis

Release Date: February 28, 2020
Last Reviewed: February 23, 2020
Expiration Date: February 28, 2021
Time to Complete Activity: 1 Hour

*This activity expired for credit on February 28, 2021 and is no longer available for credit


Philip Seo, MD, MHS (Chair)
Associate Professor of Medicine 
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Director, The Johns Hopkins Vasculitis Center
Baltimore, MD

Timothy J. McCulley, MD
Vice Chair for Clinical Strategic Planning 
Director, Oculoplastic Surgery 
and Neuro-Ophthalmology 
Director, Oculoplastic Fellowship 
The Wilmer Eye Institute 
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD 

Kaitlin A. Quinn, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Rheumatology
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
Washington, DC

Victoria Ruffing, RN-BC
Director of Nursing and Patient Education
The Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center
Baltimore, MD
This activity is provided by Paradigm Medical Communications, LLC.

Target Audience
This initiative has been designed to meet the educational needs of clinicians who diagnose and treat patients with giant cell arteritis (GCA), including rheumatologists, neurologists, and ophthalmologists. It may also benefit other clinicians who care for patients with GCA. 

Statement of Need
GCA is a rare disease with presenting symptoms that are common to other diseases: headache and vision disturbances. The potential for rapid, irreversible vision loss makes GCA one of the few rheumatologic emergencies. Ophthalmologists, neurologists, and rheumatologists are challenged in diagnosing GCA. The proposed web activity is designed to disseminate firsthand knowledge from GCA specialists in GCA diagnosis, initial therapy, and using steroid-sparing strategies in ongoing therapy to reduce relapse risk. 

Learning Objectives

Upon proper completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:

  • Select appropriate imaging and diagnostic testing to identify GCA with large vessel involvement
  • Determine appropriate initial management of GCA using corticosteroids
  • Formulate evidence-based plans for ongoing management of patients with GCA to reduce the risk of relapse and reduce AEs

Giant Cell Arteritis as a Rheumatologic Emergency
Diagnosis of GCA
Initial Treatment of GCA with Corticosteroids
Steroid-Sparing Approaches to Ongoing Management of GCA
Tying it all Together

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This activity is supported by an educational grant from Genentech, Inc.    

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Philip Seo, MD, MHS
Consulting Fees: No financial relationships to disclose.

Timothy J. McCulley, MD
Consulting Fees: Genentech, Inc.

Kaitlin A. Quinn, MD
No financial relationships to disclose.

Victoria Ruffing, RN-BC
No financial relationships to disclose.

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