Fibromyalgia (FM) in Behcet’s syndrome

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OBJECTIVE: To ascertain the frequency of fibromyalgia (FM) in

Behcet’s syndrome (BS) and to evaluate the relationship of FM

to Behcet’s disease activity.

METHOD: Self-questionnaires were

completed by 108 patients with BS. Each patient was evaluated

by an observer blinded to diagnosis; evaluation included

assessment of tender points by palpation. Another observer

determined the disease activity of patients at that time.

RESULTS: Ten of 108 patients (9.2%) met the American College

of Rheumatology criteria for FM. Nine of the patients who met

the criteria for FM were women. In contrast to patients

without FM, patients with FM had mild to moderate disease

activity in which musculoskeletal complaints were common.

CONCLUSION: There is a trend for an increased frequency of FM

in female BS patients.

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