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What is the prognosis for temporal arteritis?

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The effects of temporal arteritis may range from fatal, to serious, to mild and self-limiting. Immediate treatment with corticosteroids often produces relief of symptoms and can help with temporary visual impairment. Many patients are able to slowly wean off their medication after a period of about 1-2 years. Temporal arteritis is currently thought to be the result of autoimmune disease and as such, patients may find they suffer recurrent flares of disease activity necessitating continual therapy to control their immune system. The condition may return again if treatment is discontinued. Visual impairment which is not treated immediately is often permanent. Temporal arteritis is often misdiagnosed as Migraine.

For appropriate diagnosis, treatment and prevention of headache disorders, seek the help of a board certified headache specialist.

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