Rare diseases

Varicella-zoster ‘reactivation’ link to GCA debunked in Australian study

Rheumatologists from Sydney have poured cold water on a long running hypothesis that varicella-zoster virus (VZV) reactivation is a trigger for giant cell arteritis (GCA). A study led by Dr Anthony M. Sammel from the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney and published in Rheumatology included 58 consecutive patients who underwent temporal artery biopsy for ...

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