Value: When a part of the body becomes swollen and painful.
Value: An inflammation of the blood vessels. The cause is often unknown.
Value: A flare is a sudden worsening of your disease. It can happen after you haven’t experienced symptoms for a long time. It’s also known as a relapse.
Value: A biologic is a type of medicine developed using processes that are similar to what happens in your body naturally. Biologics can be used to interact with certain parts of your body, like your immune system. They can also fight inflammation in certain diseases, like GCA.
Title: Interleukin-6 (IL-6)
Value: A chemical messenger that tells the immune system to attack harmful bacteria and viruses. When your body produces too much IL-6, it causes the immune system to attack healthy cells.
Value: A decrease or disappearance in signs and symptoms.
Title: subcutaneous (SC)
Value: Under the skin.
Value: A sample of cells taken from the body in order to examine them more closely. A healthcare professional will recommend a biopsy when a test suggests an area of tissue in the body isn't normal.
Title: genetic predisposition
Value: A genetic predisposition means that a person may be more likely to develop a disease based on their genes. However, they may not see any symptoms unless something in the environment triggers the disease.