Penn Giant Cell Arteritis

Fast-Track Program

SEEING MORE CLEARLY

PATIENT PHONE LINE: 215-662-4333

PHYSICIAN DEDICATED TRIAGE PHONE: 215-614-0999

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Goals of the Penn 

Giant Cell Arteritis 

Fast-Track Program

Given the high risk of rapid vision loss, we understand the importance of evaluating and managing GCA promptly. Similarly, minimizing unnecessary exposure to glucocorticoids or steroids and its many side effects is also important to patients. The goals of this program are:

RAPID EVALUATION

TREATMENT

RESEARCH

Provide rapid evaluation of suspected new or relapsing GCA through a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach

Initiate appropriate

therapy promptly

Facilitate innovative

research in GCA

 

SERVICES WE OFFER

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CONSULTATIONS

Phone consultation with vasculitis specialist to assist with management and glucocorticoid use for patient with suspected GCA

Doctor and Patient

EVALUATIONS

Rapid evaluation of patients with suspected GCA within 48 hours

Doctors

CARE COORDINATION

Coordination of care among relevant specialists with expertise in GCA including:

  • Rheumatologists

  • Neuro-ophthalmologists

  • Vascular surgeons for temporal artery biopsy

  • Pathologists

  • Neurologists

Pharmacists' hands

TREATMENT

Implementation of therapies, including non-prednisone options, for the treatment of GCA

Science Lab

RESEARCH

Opportunity to enroll in research studies and clinical trials for GCA

HOW IT WORKS

IN 4 STEPS

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Patient presents to provider with suspected giant cell arteritis

Provider calls

215-614-0999 and speaks with GCA specialist

GCA specialist obtains more history and, if indicated, gives appointment date and time over the phone

If needed, appointments to neuro-ophthalmology, neurology, and vascular surgery will also be coordinated