Meniere's syndrome: An atypical presentation of giant cell arteritis (temporal arteritis)

K. X. McKennan, S. L. Nielsen, Craig Watson, K. Wiesner

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The authors discuss three patients with biopsy-proven giant cell arteritis (GCA) who experienced significant auditory and vestibular symptoms. Two of the patients who presented with audiovestibular symptomatology died as a direct result of GCA affecting the vertebral arteries. Postmortem findings are reported. This report illustrates the importance of maintaining a high index of suspicion of GCA in elderly patients who present with the acute onset of audiovestibular symptoms. These symptoms can be a herald of brain stem infarction if giant cell arteritis is the underlying cause. High-dose prednisone and rheumatologic/neurologic consultation is required.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1103-1107
Number of pages5
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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