Ovary - nontumor
Inflammatory disorders - noninfectious
Giant cell arteritis

Author: Mohiedean Ghofrani, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 15 September 2017, last major update August 2011

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PubMed Search: Ovarian giant cell arteritis

Cite this page: Ghofrani, M. Giant cell arteritis. PathologyOutlines.com website. http://www.pathologyoutlines.com/topic/ovarynontumorgiantcellarteritis.html. Accessed October 22nd, 2018.
Definition / general
  • Histology of giant cell arteritis localized to the ovary
  • Rare
  • Usually elderly women
  • Part of generalized condition or isolated
Clinical features
  • Isolated form is often incidental finding in otherwise asymptomatic woman
  • Symptomatic presentation is postmenopausal woman with apparent ovarian or breast tumor, constitutional symptoms and elevated sedimentation rate (Medicine (Baltimore) 2000;79:349)
  • May be associated with systemic manifestations such as polymyalgia rheumatica or temporal arteritis
  • May be associated with elevated ESR
  • Antineutrophilic cytoplasmic antibodies were negative in two tested patients
Prognostic factors
  • Of two patients who received no therapy, one had a thoracic aortic aneurysm 5 years after diagnosis and the other was alive without symptoms after 17 years of follow up (Am J Surg Pathol 1986;10:696)
Microscopic (histologic) images

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(arrows) of ovarian
hilar arteries