Self assessment for Pathologists


Question 1.

Select all correct responses. More than one box should be checked!

An elderly patient complains of transient obscurations of vision. The erythrocyte sedimentation rate and c-reactive protein are both elevated. You sample the artery for skip lesions Your evaluation of an appropriate length of biopsied temporal artery shows no evidence of arteritis. Based on your report of a negative biopsy, the ophthalmologist is justified in following which courses of action?
Eliminate temporal arteritis from the clinical differential diagnosis
Treat the patient with high-dose corticosteroids
Begin corticosteroids and biopsy the contralateral temporal artery
Biopsy the contralateral temporal artery and await your next report before starting treatment

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