Recent Advances and Emerging Trends in the Diagnosis and Management of Giant Cell Arteritis

Release Date: September 15, 2022
Expiration Date: September 15, 2023
Time to Complete Activity: 1 hour

This activity expired for credit on September 15, 2023 and is no longer available for credit

Brendan Antiochos, MD
Assistant Professor
Division of Rheumatology
Department of Medicine
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

Anisha Dua, MD, MPH
Associate Professor 
Fellowship Program Director
Director, Vasculitis Center
Division of Rheumatology
Northwestern University 
Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL

Andrew G. Lee, MD
Herb and Jean Lyman Centennial Chair in Ophthalmology, Department of Ophthalmology-Blanton Eye Institute
Professor of Ophthalmology, Neurology, and Neurosurgery, Academic Institute
Full Clinical Member, Research Institute
Chair, Department of Ophthalmology-Blanton Eye Institute
Houston Methodist
Weill Cornell Medical College
Houston, TX

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

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Supporter Acknowledgment 
This activity is supported by an educational grant from Genentech, a member of the Roche Group.
Program Overview 

Discussion between the rheumatologist and neuro-ophthalmologist faculty reflects similarities and differences in the multidisciplinary diagnosis and ongoing management of GCA. The roles of temporal artery biopsy, ultrasound, and imaging for large vessel vasculitis (LVV) are illustrated and discussed. Initial therapy with intravenous or oral high-dose corticosteroids is reviewed with consideration for vision-threatening cranial GCA. Evidence-based practical use of steroid-sparing agents, specifically tocilizumab, is discussed in the context of current American College of Rheumatology/Vasculitis Foundation treatment guidelines for GCA. Whiteboard elements highlight key discussion points, and a whiteboard animation provides a summary of the activity.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Assess the utility of testing modalities for diagnosis and monitoring of GCA
  • Discuss applications of clinical data in the treatment of GCA
  • Formulate an evidence-based, guideline-aligned treatment plan that considers both newly approved and existing treatment options for patients with GCA

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Brendan Antiochos, MD
Research Funding: Novartis AG

Anisha Dua, MD, MPH
Consultant: Abbvie Inc.; Chemocentryx, Inc.; Novartis AG

Andrew G. Lee, MD
Advisor: Horizon Therapeutics plc

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