Abstract: [Differential diagnosis of polyarthritis pain syndrome of the locomotor apparatus]

Schmerz. 1998 Feb 28;12(1):8-11.  [Article in German]  Menninger H.  I. Medizinische Klinik, BRK Rheuma-Zentrum Bad Abbach.

Widespread pain syndromes of the musculoskeletal system present to general practitionas, internists, neurologists and orthopedic surgeons every day. The syndromes may result both from organic diseases (inflammatory joint diseases, rheumatic manifestations of organ diseases) as well as dysfunctional syndromes, the latter including mainly biomechanically induced syndromes and fibromyalgia.

The approach is predominantly clinically oriented and requires laboratory means or technical procedures only in a limited extend.

The duration of history, the recognition of synovitis and of myofascial trigger points or of integumental tender points allow in most patients to achieve appropriate diagnostic criteria.

PMID: 12799986 [PubMed]

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