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Surv Ophthalmol. 1991 Jul-Aug;36(1):23-7.

Systemic cholesterol microembolization syndrome masquerading as giant cell arteritis.

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  • 1Department of Neurology, Marshfield Clinic, Wisconsin.


Two patients with clinical features consistent with giant cell arteritis were found to have systemic cholesterol microembolization syndromes. Diagnostic confirmation was established by a muscle biopsy in one patient and by a kidney biopsy in the other. Systemic cholesterol embolization can masquerade as a variety of disorders, including vasculitis, and should be considered in a patient with suspected giant cell arteritis who has a negative temporal artery biopsy.

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