Rare diseases

CRP and platelets help diagnose giant cell arteritis

A combination of C-reactive protein (CRP) and platelet count may be useful in the diagnosis of giant cell arteritis (GCA), Australian rheumatologists have shown. In a retrospective audit of 270 patients referred for temporal artery biopsy (TAB) in South Australian teaching hospitals between 2011 and 2014, 139 (51%) received a physician diagnosis of GCA. A ...

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