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.