Quick Hit: ACR Criteria for Temporal Arteritis

For diagnosing “Temporal Arteritis”, the American College of Rheumatology recommends meeting 3 of their 5 criteria.

  • Age ≥ 50 years old
  • New onset of headache
  • Temporal artery tenderness or DECREASED temporal pulse (not related to carotid disease)
  • ESR ≥ 50 mm/hr
  • Artery biopsy with necrotizing arteritis or a granulomatous process with multinucleated giant cells

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