Temporal artery - Definition

June 2017


Definition

The temporal artery is an artery situated in front of the ear. The superficial temporal artery can be felt through the skin at the sides of the forehead. Inflammation of the temporal artery, or temporal arteritis, is often the cause of a diagnosis of an inflammatory disease of the blood vessels called Horton's syndrome. In the case of a general decline in the patient's state associated with a loss of appetite, loss of weight, fatigue, headache, increased sensitivity of the scalp, or painful chewing, they may have Horton's disease. When it comes to the temporal arteries, their redness, swelling, and sensitivity to touch, all point to temporal arteritis and, further, with the presence of the other symptoms listed above, Horton's syndrome.

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