Importance of specimen length during temporal artery biopsy.

@article{Ypsilantis2011ImportanceOS,
  title={Importance of specimen length during temporal artery biopsy.},
  author={Efthymios A Ypsilantis and Edward Douglas Courtney and Narinder Chopra and Alan Karthikesalingam and M Eltayab and Nicolas Katsoulas and Tjun Yip Tang and Richard Yardley Ball},
  journal={The British journal of surgery},
  year={2011},
  volume={98 11},
  pages={
          1556-60
        }
}
BACKGROUND Variations in surgical technique of temporal artery biopsy (TAB) performed for diagnosis of giant cell arteritis (GCA) may contribute to high false-negative rates. This was a retrospective analysis of a large database that explored potential associations between specimen length and diagnostic sensitivity of TAB. METHODS Histopathological reports and medical records of patients who underwent TAB in six hospitals between 2004 and 2009 were reviewed. RESULTS A total of 966 biopsies… CONTINUE READING
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