Issue No 34.
Case Study: Giant Cell Arteritis with low ESR and CRP
By Dillon Tinevez
Case study describes and interprets an individual case in details. In medicine, it is considered the lowest level of evidence – but case studies are often the first line of evidence.
One of our students identified rare manifestation of the most common form of systemic vasculitis in adults. Why is it so important to recognize this particular disease? Because untreated patients may suffer blindness, even death. But prompt, adequate therapy ensures full recovery. And that was the case in this case.
This case teaches us about the importance of clinical picture, that we should be open to all diagnostic possibilities and not rely solely on the results of other diagnostic methods. Hmm… Just keep in mind that this kind of case study is the exception, not a rule.