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Scalp necrosis secondary to giant cell arteritis

Scalp necrosis secondary to giant cell arteritis

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Patient Case Study

Time to Complete

0.25 hours


October 2, 2017


November 13, 2017

Programme Description

Dr Elizabeth Roberts describes the case of an 87-year-old woman who presented with headache, lethargy, weight loss, jaw claudication and significant pain and tenderness in her scalp. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include potential complications of giant cell arteritis and when to refer for specialist assessment.

Educational Objectives

After taking this activity, healthcare professionals should be better able to:
  • Make a clinical diagnosis of giant cell arteritis (GCA)
  • Identify potential neuro-ophthalmic complications of GCA
  • Understand when to refer for temporal artery biopsy
  • Explain the prognosis and chance of relapse
  • Authors

    Activity author
    Dr Elizabeth Roberts
    Clinical fellow in dermatology
    Nottingham Treatment Centre

    Test author
    MIMS Dermatology Editor


    This is a learning activity provided by MIMS Learning, featuring learning material and a test. Completing the test enables you to claim 0.25 learning credits (0.25 hours learning). This credit award is recommended by MIMS Learning based on completing the activity and reflecting on what you have learned. If you spend less time on the activity we recommend claiming fewer credits.

    Please proceed with the activity until you have successfully answered all the test questions and completed your evaluation. You will then receive your MIMS Learning CPD certificate, which will be added to your CPD organiser for access at any time and may be exported to the Clarity & RCGP Appraisal Toolkit for GPs.


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