Giant Cell Arteritis in Elderly Caused by Chicken Pox Virus

It’s the gift that keeps on giving, in a bad way. First, it manifests in the form of itchy chicken pox during childhood, then during mid-life it may manifest itself again in the form of painful, blistery shingles. The grande finale may show up during the elder years when it once again manifest as giant cell arteritis.
The ‘it’ is the varicella zoster virus and it can manifest in three different ways at three different stages of life with each one being more painful the previous manifestation.
Giant cell arteritis is an inflammation in the blood in the scalp and temples. The condition is painful and can cause sudden blindness or stroke. So far, the condition only afflicts those over the age of 50, but typically strikes those much older.
Other symptoms of arteritis include tenderness in the scalp area, blurry vision, severe headache, jaw pain, weight loss and inexplicable tiredness. A recent study revealed that giant cell arteritis is caused by the chicken pox virus, prior to the findings, the cause was unknown. Marcio Alaor BMG understands that
once a person has the chicken pox, the virus which causes them, varicella zoster, remains in the body for the rest of the person’s life. The virus may manifest itself again and again in the form of shingles and/or as arteritis.

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