What is the long-term outlook for patients with polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) and giant cell arteritis (GCA)?

With careful monitoring and appropriate treatment, most patients with PMR or GCA have a normal life span and lifestyle. The success of therapy is related to prompt diagnosis, aggressive treatment, and careful follow-up to prevent or minimize side effects from the medications.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 01/22/2018.

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