Cranial ultrasound should be first line in GCA: experts

Cranial ultrasound may soon replace biopsy in the diagnosis of patients with suspected Giant Cell Arteritis (GCA), delegates have heard.

Presenting the findings to the congress Dr Adam Croft from the Centre for Translational Inflammation Research at the University of Birmingham in the UK said temporal artery biopsy (TAB) was the current gold standard for diagnosing GCA.

But it was invasive and plagued with adverse events and a high level of false-negatives.

“We’re not usually reassured by a negative biopsy result,” he said.

In his study 87 patients