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Research Teams Find Widespread Inflammation In The Brains Of Fibromyalgia Patients

Friday 28 September 2018


From EurekAlert:


MR/PET image
This combined MR/PET image highlights areas of the brain
in which patients with fibromyalgia were found to have
increased glial activation, compared with
unaffected control volunteers.
(Image: Marco Loggia, PhD, Martinos Center for
Biomedical Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital

Research teams find widespread inflammation in the brains of fibromyalgia patients

Media Contact: Terri Ogan
Copyright © 2018 by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

PET imaging studies at Mass. General Hospital, Karolinska Institutet reveal elevated glial activation, correlation with fatigue levels


A study by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers - collaborating with a team at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden - has documented for the first time widespread inflammation in the brains of patients with the poorly understood condition called fibromyalgia. Their report has been published online in the journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity.

"We don't have good treatment options for fibromyalgia, so identifying a potential treatment target could lead to the development of innovative, more effective therapies," says Marco Loggia, PhD, of the MGH-based Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, co-senior author of the report. "And finding objective neurochemical changes in the brains of patients with fibromyalgia should help reduce the persistent stigma that many patients face, often being told their symptoms are imaginary and there's nothing really wrong with them."


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