Varicella zoster virus and giant cell arteritis.

  title={Varicella zoster virus and giant cell arteritis.},
  author={Donald H. Gilden and Maria A. Nagel},
  journal={Current opinion in infectious diseases},
  volume={29 3},
PURPOSE OF REVIEW Giant cell arteritis (GCA) is a serious disease and the most common cause of vasculitis in the elderly. Here, studies describing the recent discovery of varicella zoster virus (VZV) in the temporal arteries of patients with GCA are reviewed. RECENT FINDINGS GCA is characterized by severe headache/head pain and scalp tenderness. Many patients also have a history of vision loss, jaw claudication, polymyalgia rheumatica, fever, night sweats, weight loss, and fatigue. The… CONTINUE READING