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Response to: ‘Diagnostic value of ultrasound halo count and Halo Score in giant cell arteritis: a retrospective study from routine care’ by Molina Collada et al
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  1. Kornelis SM van der Geest1,2,
  2. Bhaskar Dasgupta2
  1. 1Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology, University Medical Center Groningen, University of Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
  2. 2Rheumatology, Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Bhaskar Dasgupta, Rheumatology, Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 0RY, UK; bhaskar.dasgupta{at}southend.nhs.uk

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We would like to thank Molina Collada et al1 for their interest in our paper on the ultrasonographic Halo Score in giant cell arteritis (GCA).2 We welcome their effort to validate our findings.

The authors have performed a retrospective analysis of the Southend Halo Score and halo count in a GCA fast-track clinic. The authors report an excellent diagnostic accuracy of the Halo Score/halo count for a clinical diagnosis of GCA. The authors also observed a positive correlation between the Halo …

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