Giant cell temporal arteritis associated with overlying basal cell carcinoma: co-incidence or connection?

Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine, Hamilton Health Sciences, McMaster University, Hamilton
Rare tumors 06/2012; 4(3):e46. DOI: 10.4081/rt.2012.e46
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Giant cell arteritis is a granulomatous vasculitis of large and medium sized arteries manifesting as temporal arteritis and/or polymyalgia rheumatica. The histological assessment of temporal artery biopsies is frequently encountered in anatomical pathology and has important diagnostic consequences in patients clinically suspected of having giant cell arteritis. We present an intriguing case of giant cell arteritis associated with a Basal cell carcinoma and discuss the ongoing controversy pertaining to the association of giant cell arteritis/polymyalgia rheumatica with malignancy.

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