Cohen's Brain Bits: Varicella-Zoster, More than Just Shingles?
As a headache specialist, I am always concerned when patients over the age of 50 walk into my office with a new headache type. When they then report a temporal headache with tenderness to palpation and throw in visual changes, jaw claudication, or fever, they've bought themselves a direct trip to the stat lab for measurement of sed rate and C-reactive protein -- and if they report all of the above, I'm likely to walk them there myself. With its risk of blindness and stroke, giant cell arteritis (GCA) might be the scariest and most vexing condition a headache specialist sees.
- Dr. Joshua Cohen, Assistant Professor, Neurology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai