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Physiological Parameters As A Fibromyalgia Diagnosis Tool

Sunday 27 December 2015


From PubMed:



Physiological parameters as a tool in the diagnosis of fibromyalgia syndrome in females: A preliminary study.

Elmas O, Yildiz S, Bilgin S, Demirci S, Comlekci S, Koyuncuoglu HR, Akkus S, Colak OH, Koklukaya E, Arslan E, Ozkan O, Bilgin G



Although fibromyalgia (FM) syndrome is associated with many symptoms, there is as yet no specific finding or laboratory test diagnostic of this syndrome. The physical examination and laboratory tests may be helpful in figuring out this syndrome.


The heart rate, respiration rate, body temperature (TEMP), height, body weight, hemoglobin level, erythrocyte sedimentation rate, white blood cell count, platelet count (PLT), rheumatoid factor and C-reactive protein levels and electrocardiograms (ECG) of FM patients were compared with those of control individuals. In addition, the predictive value of these tests was evaluated via receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis.


The results showed that the TEMP and the PLT were higher in the FM group compared with the control group. Also, ST heights in ECGs which corresponds to a period of ventricle systolic depolarization, showed evidence of a difference between the FM and the control groups. There was no difference observed in terms of the other parameters. According to the ROC analysis, PLT, TEMP and ST height have predictive capacities in FM.


Changes in hormonal factors, peripheral blood circulation, autonomous system activity disorders, inflammatory incidents, etc., may explain the increased TEMP in the FM patients. The high PLT level may signify a thromboproliferation or a possible compensation caused by a PLT functional disorder. ST depression in FM patients may interrelate with coronary pathology. Elucidating the pathophysiology underlying the increases in TEMP and PLT and the decreases in ST height may help to explain the etiology of FM.

Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Inc.


Body temperature; Electrocardiogram; Fibromyalgia; Physiological parameters; Platelet level


The above originally appeared here.


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