In this small cohort of patients with confirmed temporal arteritis who underwent bilateral temporal artery biopsies (n=51), 13 of them had pathologic confirmation on only 1 of the 2 biopsies. This indicates that 13% of unilateral biopsies will miss the pathologic diagnosis, and that bilateral biopsies may be worth performing for the increased diagnostic yield (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.