Clinicians warned about failing to diagnose eye condition

An uncommon condition that can lead to blindness is often incorrectly diagnosed, according to a study in the MDU.

GPs are being alerted to the danger of failing to diagnose giant cell arteritis (GCA), which can rapidly result in severe visual impairment if not treated quickly.

Delayed diagnosis of GCA is responsible for the largest settlements in ophthalmic claims in primary care, the MDU said.

Symptoms include severe headache, scalp tenderness or jaw pain as well as sudden loss of vision.

The journal provides GPs with a number of tips to help diagnose and treat the disorder.

tom.ireland@haymarket.com

 

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