Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Giant Cell Arteritis

  • Jozef Rovenský
  • Burkhard Leeb
  • Viera Štvrtinová
  • Richard Imrich

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Jozef Rovenský, Burkhard F. Leeb, Viera Štvrtinová, Richard Imrich, Juraj Duda
    Pages 1-15
  3. Viera Štvrtinová, Denisa Čelovská, Svetoslav Štvrtina, Jozef Rovenský
    Pages 23-38
  4. Viera Štvrtinová, Jozef Rovenský, Alena Tuchyňová
    Pages 39-44
  5. Stanislava Blažíčková, Jozef Rovenský, Richard Imrich
    Pages 45-56
  6. Richard Imrich, Jozef Rovenský
    Pages 75-79
  7. Viera Štvrtinová, Svetoslav Štvrtina, Jozef Rovenský
    Pages 99-112
  8. Denisa Čelovská, Viera Štvrtinová
    Pages 133-143
  9. Jozef Rovenský
    Pages 179-187
  10. Jozef Rovenský
    Pages 201-208
  11. Manfred Herold
    Pages 209-222

About this book


This book, now in an extensively updated and expanded third edition, offers important insights into polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) and giant cell arteritis (GCA), providing an overview of their pathophysiology, genetics, immunology, and endocrinological mechanisms but above all presenting the state of the art in diagnosis and treatment.  Both PMR and GCA are diseases of advanced age. Early diagnosis and treatment can save one of the most precious senses – vision. In this book, the role of imaging techniques is thoroughly examined, with particular attention to ultrasonography and FDG PET. All aspects of management of both diseases are discussed, including the current use of glucocorticoids, the efficacy of modern biological treatment, such as infliximab, tocilizumab, and rituximab, and the available monitoring tools. Diagnostic criteria for PMR and GCA are outlined, with discussion of differential diagnosis. Among the other topics addressed are disease classification, the histopathology of GCA, the ACR criteria for temporal arteritis, the value of temporal artery biopsy in GCA, serum cytokine profiles, chronobiology, and sine syndromes. The reader will find that the book aids in achieving early diagnosis and providing faster and more effective disease management. General readers with an interest in rheumatology, internal medicine, oftalmology and gerontology will find this book particularly valuable.


Giant Cell Diseases Rheumatic Diseases Geriatrics and Gerontology research Biologic therapy new diagnostic criteria FDG PET Hystopathology of GCA sine syndromes Takayasu’s disease vascular complications ultrasonography chronobiology Vasculity

Editors and affiliations

  • Jozef Rovenský
    • 1
  • Burkhard Leeb
    • 2
  • Viera Štvrtinová
    • 3
  • Richard Imrich
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of RheumatologyNational Institute of Rheumatic DiseasesPiešťanySlovakia
  2. 2.2nd Department of MedicineState Hospital of StockerauStockerauAustria
  3. 3.2nd Internal Clinic Medical FacultyComenius UniversityBratislavaSlovakia
  4. 4.Biomedical Research CenterSlovak Academy of SciencesBratislavaSlovakia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-52221-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-52222-7
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Internal Medicine & Dermatology