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Walk-in Ultrasound Helps Avoid Unnecessary Steroids For Giant Cell Arteritis

Key clinical point: Walk-in ultrasound helps to avoid steroids completely in a significant proportion of patients.

Major finding: In a real-world setting, Doppler ultrasound had a sensitivity of 47.5% and specificity of 98%, and positive and negative predictive values of 87% and 88%.

Study details: Among 652 patients seen between 2014 and 2017, 143 (22%) were diagnosed with giant cell arteritis.

Disclosures: The study received no commercial funding. Dr. Dubey had no conflicts of interest to disclose.


Pinnell J et al. Rheumatology. 2019;58(suppl 3): Abstract 038.