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ABSTRACT: Giant cell arteritis (GCA) is a medium-to-large vessel vasculitis of the elderly. Common constitutional clinical features include headache, scalp tenderness, and jaw claudication. Severe unilateral or bilateral visual loss is the most feared ophthalmic complication of GCA. Scalp necrosis is a known ischemic complication of GCA with approximately 100 cases reported in the literature to date. We report a case of scalp pain and an erythematous cutaneous lesion in the distribution of ophthalmic division of the trigeminal nerve that mimicked herpes zoster ophthalmicus. A temporal artery biopsy was positive for GCA, and small vessel arteritis was seen at the time of simultaneous skin biopsy. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first such report in the English language ophthalmic literature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e125-e127
JournalJournal of neuro-ophthalmology : the official journal of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2021

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