Reticulated lesion as an early diagnostic sign for giant cell arteritis

Nicholas C. Uffelmann, Jessica Kozel, Sofia B. Chaudhry, Claudia I. Vidal

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Abstract

We report a case of giant cell arteritis (GCA) in an elderly woman. The patient presented to her dermatologist with a reticulated, purpuric patch on her frontal-temporal scalp and forehead that was associated with unilateral head pain. A punch biopsy of the lesion was suspicious for GCA, which was later confirmed by temporal artery biopsy. This case highlights a potential early cutaneous finding of GCA that may aid the clinician in the diagnosis before more severe complications occur.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalDermatology Online Journal
Volume18
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jul 5 2012

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Uffelmann, N. C., Kozel, J., Chaudhry, S. B., & Vidal, C. I. (2012). Reticulated lesion as an early diagnostic sign for giant cell arteritis. Dermatology Online Journal, 18(6).