Polymyalgia rheumatica and giant cell arteritis: An in-depth look at diagnosis and treatment
Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 05/23/2012
Kennedy S et al. – Because polymyalgia rheumatic (PMR) and giant cell arteritis (GCA) often present in the primary care setting, NPs must maintain a high index of suspicion when a patient over 60 years of age presents with vague complaints such as headache, weakness, anorexia, and malaise. Arriving at an accurate diagnosis in a timely fashion will lead to appropriate treatment and minimize patient suffering.