Table 1 Quality and technical features of temporal artery biopsy (TAB) specimens in patients with ginat cell arteritis (GCA) with and without permanent visual loss (PVL)
GCA with PVL (n = 29)GCA without PVL (n = 362)p Value
Quality of the biopsy:0.48
Excellent015 (4%)
Good18 (62%)193 (53%)
Medium4 (14%)78 (22%)
Bad7 (24%)76 (21%)
Orientation:1.00
Transversal25 (86%)306 (85%)
Longitudinal4 (14%)56 (15%)
No. of arterial sections3 (1–17)3 (1–26)0.67
No. of levels5 (2–15)6 (1–38)0.21