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    Temporal Artery Biopsy

    By Richard Caesar, MBBS, FRCOphth
    Neuro-Ophthalmology/Orbit, Oculoplastics/Orbit

    Dr. Richard Caesar demonstrates a safe, cosmetically sensitive approach for biopsying the temporal artery, standard in cases of suspected giant cell arteritis (GCA). After the superficial temporal artery is palpated, the course of the vessel is marked and local anesthetic is injected. The skin and fascia are dissected, ties are passed beneath the artery, and the artery is tied and cut. The incision is closed with interrupted subcuticular sutures and dressed.