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Research finds nerve damage in patients with Fibromyalgia
Friday 19 December 2014
Research finds nerve damage in patients with fibromyalgia
NEW YORK, Dec. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Therapath, LLC (www.therapath.com), a leader in neuropathology laboratory services, reports that new findings have revealed that patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia may also have a diagnosable small fiber neuropathy.
Recently, several studies have examined fibromyalgia patients for small fiber neuropathy using a skin biopsy test to determine Epidermal Nerve Fiber Density (ENFD). The studies reported a decrease in ENFD in a subset of patients with fibromyalgia (Oaklander et al., Pain 2013; Caro & Winter, Arthritis Rheumatology 2014; Giannoccaro et al., Muscle Nerve 2014). These studies conclude that ENFD testing should be considered in the diagnostic work-up of fibromyalgia to search for small fiber neuropathy.
Patients diagnosed with small fiber neuropathy exhibit similar symptoms to those with fibromyalgia, including:
Epidermal Nerve Fiber Density (ENFD) is an objective measure of the small nerve fibers. To perform the test, a doctor performs a biopsy in the office to obtain a small piece of skin. That skin sample is then sent to a neuropathology laboratory for analysis. Patients with small fiber neuropathy exhibit a significant reduction in the ENFD. www.therapath.com/enfd
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