Heparin therapy in giant cell arteritis
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    • Lawrence M. Buono, Neuro-ophthalmology
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      • Rod Foroozan, and Peter J. Savino

    Dear Editor

    We thank Dr Masood for his interest in our manuscript [1]. Clearly in some cases of giant cell arteritis (GCA), treatment with high dose corticosteroids alone is insufficient. The use of adjunctive heparin proved to be beneficial in our patient, although the reason is not clear [1]. Thrombocytosis has been shown to occur in a large percentage of patients with GCA [2, 3]. However, there is no convin...

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    Aspirin therapy for Giant Cell Arteritis

    Dear Editor

    I read with interest Buono et al's paper [1]. They describe in detail the value of anti-coagulant therapy in the management of giant cell arteritis. The role of anti-platelet agents however is not considered. It has been known for a number of years that thrombocytosis [2] and platelet hyper-reactivity [3] are features of giant cell arteritis. Experimental studies have shown that aspirin effectively sup...

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