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The Temporal Artery Biopsy -v- Ultrasound in diagnosis of Giant Cell Arteritis (TABUL) study is being led by Dr Raashid Luqmani at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre.

This NIHR funded and portfolio adopted study has been designed to investigate the specificity and sensitivity of temporal artery biopsy compared to ultrasound for the diagnosis of Giant Cell Arteritis (GCA).

We would like GPs to contact the on-call rheumatologist or ophthalmologist, as usual, if they see any patients with suspected GCA. We would also like permission to contact the patients about the study which will involve doing an ultrasound scan before the biopsy - all of which we will arrange. The study will not delay normal NHS care.

We have already recruited 19 patients from Oxford and another four from Southend. Over the next two and a half years we need to recruit a total of 430 patients from around 15 to 20 NHS trusts.

Further details are available from Dr Raashid Luqmani:

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