ABSTRACT Ninety patients with giant cell arteritis (GCA) were followed for 9–16 years after diagnosis. Corticosteroids were given to all but one patient. Forty-two patients died during the observation period (27 women and 15 men). The survival was compared with that in the general population and found not to be reduced among the GCA patients. In fact, we found a lower mortality than expected after five years from diagnosis (p<0.05). We did not see any increase in deaths due to vascular or malignant diseases in our patients.