GCA Fast-Track Program

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PATIENT PHONE LINE: 215-662-4333
PHYSICIAN DEDICATED TRIAGE PHONE: 215-614-0999


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:

see Goals of the Penn Giant Cell Arteritis Fast-Track Program below

 

initiate appropriate therapy promptly

 

Facilitate innovative research in GCA

 

 

  • 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

 

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EVALUATIONS

 

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CARE COORDINATION

 

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TREATMENT

 

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RESEARCH

 

Consultation

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

Evaluations

Rapid evaluation of patients with suspected GCA within 48 hours

Care Coordination

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

  • Rheumatologists
  • Neuro-ophthalmologists
  • Vascular surgeons for temporal artery biopsy
  • Pathologists
  • Neurologists

Treatment

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

Research

Opportunity to enroll in research studies and clinical trials for GCA


How It Works in 4 Steps

see 4 steps of how it works below

  1. Patient presents to provider with suspected giant cell arteritis
  2. Provider calls 215-614-0999
  3. GCA specialist obtains more history and, if indicated, gives appointment date and time over the phone
  4. If needed, appointments to neuro-ophthalmology, neurology, and vascular surgery will also be coordinated