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Feb 21, 2017 · Adjusting to life with temporal arteritis in Stroke & Cerebrovascular Diseases

We got through the biopsy yesterday fine with a local anesthesia and some sedation. The procedure took under an hour and dad did not have any dizziness, nausea or other discomfort after the procedure. Results in a few days.

Feb 19, 2017 · Adjusting to life with temporal arteritis in Stroke & Cerebrovascular Diseases

I did tell both the surgeon and anesthesiologist about a sensitivity to anesthesia and that I had concerns about anything beyond local anesthesia. My dad is with a new physician as of last week so last Tuesday was their first time meeting. In the medical history, we did include information related to high and low blood pressure but I am not sure if I related that particular information to the surgeon or anesthesiologist.

Feb 19, 2017 · Adjusting to life with temporal arteritis in Stroke & Cerebrovascular Diseases

Likelihood of temporal arteritis? My dad – who is 94 – has been experiencing symptoms for over a month. They involve a headache or discomfort near the top of his head and going down to an area behind his left ear near his neck. We happened to be at a doctor’s appointment last Tuesday and temporal arteritis was mentioned. We are in the diagnosis process. The doctor prescribed prednisone. This provided some relief though the symptoms have not disappeared. The doctor also referred us to a surgeon who has scheduled a procedure tomorrow for an artery biopsy.
Is this the right approach? I am concerned about the procedure at dad’s age though he is generally fit and active. I am also concerned about his going under anesthesia. There is some history of significant sensitivity and he has experienced both very high and very low blood pressure. I have heard the biopsy can be done with a local but the surgery center seems to be scheduling more extensive sedation.
Anyone have feedback?