Giant cell arteritis
- Temporal arteritis
- Cranial arteritis
- Horton’s disease
- Horton's arteritis
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While corticosteroids remain the treatment of choice, due to their potential side-effects, other therapies have been considered. Anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF) therapy (infliximab and etanercept) has been utilized in some patients with longstanding corticosteroid-resistant temporal arteritis who are at risk for adverse events. Other possible therapies include cyclophosphamide, cyclosporine, dapsone, tocilizumab, rituximab, and abatacept, though none of these is routinely recommended.
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