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This activity is supported by an educational grant from Genentech, Inc.
Giant cell arteritis (GCA) is a rare disease with presenting symptoms that are common to other diseases— headache and vision disturbances. The potential for rapid irreversible vision loss make GCA one of the few rheumatologic emergencies. Clinicians need to be aware of the symptoms of GCA, so they are prepared to consider GCA to make a rapid diagnosis and initiate appropriate therapy. This educational activity includes case-based and expert-led review of the data supporting a reduction in diagnostic delay, best practices evaluating large-vessel disease, and education on new and emerging agents to prevent relapse in order to promote effective, efficient, and safe care for patients with GCA; it also includes a Fast Track evaluation tool to establish office processes to help clinical staff identify patients in need of rapid evaluation for GCA, as well as a clinical diagnostic and monitoring Clinical Checklist that can be added to the electronic medical records to help guide evaluation of patients with GCA.
This activity has been designed to address the educational needs of clinicians involved in the management of patients with GCA, including those consulted on diagnosis and management, and those who refer patients for consultation.
Upon proper completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:
Clinicians with patients with suspected GCA in need of referral should be better able to recognize early signs and symptoms of giant cell arteritis, which indicate the need for urgent referral to another specialist.
Clinicians consulted on the diagnosis and management of GCA should be better able to prioritize referrals to address the emergent nature of giant cell arteritis.
Clinicians consulted on the diagnosis and management of GCA should be better able to evaluate the utility of available diagnostic and imaging modalities for large-vessel involvement in giant cell arteritis.
All clinicians should be better able to compare evidence for new and emerging therapies to manage giant cell arteritis and reduce the risk of relapse.
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The faculty reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices, they or their spouses/life partners have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity:
Rebecca L. Manno, MD, MHS Assistant Professor of Medicine Division of Rheumatology Department of Medicine The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Assistant Director, The Johns Hopkins Vasculitis Center Baltimore, MD
Dr. Manno discloses the following: Consultant/Independent Contractor: sanofi-aventis U.S. LLC
Sebastian H. Unizony, MD Assistant Professor of Medicine Division of Rheumatology Department of Medicine Harvard Medical School Co-Director, Vasculitis and Glomerulonephritis Center Harvard Medical School – Massachusetts General Hospital Boston, MA
Dr. Unizony discloses the following: Consultant/Independent Contractor: Kiniksa Pharmaceuticals, Corp.; sanofi-aventis U.S. LLC Grant/Research Report: Genentech, Inc.
Faculty Consultant Joseph F. Rizzo III, MD David Glendenning Cogan Professor of Ophthalmology Harvard Medical School Director, Neuro-Ophthalmology Service Co-director, Mobility Enhancement and Vision Rehabilitation Center of Excellence Massachusetts Eye and Ear Boston, MA
Dr. Rizzo has no financial relationships to disclose.
Joyce Dietrich, MD Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Baltimore, MD
Dr. Dietrich has no financial relationships to disclose.
Accredited Provider Disclosure
The planners and managers reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity:
Lindsay Borvansky has no financial relationships to disclose. Liddy Knight has no financial relationships to disclose. Andrea Funk has no financial relationships to disclose. Ashley Cann has no financial relationships to disclose. Tara Brant has no financial relationships to disclose. Sally Haas has no financial relationships to disclose. Will Riley has no financial relationships to disclose. Elizabeth McSpiritt has no financial relationships to disclose.
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