A prospective, double-blind, randomized, placebo controlled trial of methotrexate in the treatment of giant cell arteritis (GCA)
Giant Cell Arteritis
With this study design, no corticosteroid-sparing benefit could be attributed to the combination of methotrexate with corticosteroid therapy for the treatment of patients with giant cell arteritis. Both groups did well, with few major corticosteroid-related side effects, and most patients were safely tapered off corticosteroids sooner than reported in many series. The shorter overall duration of steroid treatment in this study probably contributed to the remarkably low frequency of side effects, without increased ischemic risk for the patient.