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Assessment and Management of Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Temporal Arteritis in Older Adults

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Laurie M. Kennedy-Malone (Creator)
Institution
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: Polymyalgia rheumatic (PMR) is a periarticular rheumatic condition characterized by pain and stiffness, primarily in the neck, shoulders, hips, and pelvic girdle. Temporal arteritis (TA) or giant cell arteritis, the most common primary vasculitis in older adults, is found in approximately 10% to 30% of people who have PMR. Left untreated, TA can result in sudden, irreversible blindness. Geriatric nurses need to familiarize themselves with these disorders to accurately assess and manage people with them.

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Publication
Geriatric Nursing, 21, (3), 152-155.
Language: English
Date: 2001
Keywords
Joint pain, Rheumatic conditions, Vasculitis, Gerontology, Older people, Patients, Management, Nurses