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High frequency of hysterectomies & appendectomies in fibromyalgia (FM) compared with RA: a pilot study

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www.ProHealth.com • January 15, 1999


We investigated, in retrospect, if there were differences in
the frequency and types of abdominal surgery between newly
diagnosed female fibromyalgia (n = 80) and rheumatoid
arthritis (n = 47) patients performed before the formal
diagnosis. There was no difference in the total number of
abdominal operations between both groups. In the rheumatoid
arthritis group more cholecystectomies (p = 0.01) were
performed, probably due to the older age of these patients
(58.5 vs 48.5 years). However, in the fibromyalgia group there
were more hysterectomies (p = 0.04) and appendectomies (p =
0.05) than in the rheumatoid arthritis group.

ter Borg EJ, Gerards-Rociu E, Haanen HC, Westers P




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