Fluid retention syndrome & fibromyalgia (FM)

Fluid retention syndrome (FRS) or idiopathic oedema is an unusual

clinical entity almost exclusively seen in women, which

remains under-diagnosed and poorly understood. It can produce

a variety of symptoms ranging from headaches and blurring of

vision to abdominal pains and diarrhoea [1]. More commonly it

presents with symptoms of bloating, fatigue and generalized

weakness. We describe four cases of FRS who presented to the

rheumatology clinic with signs and symptoms of fibromyalgia.

We also discuss the common features of these two conditions

and argue that rheumatologists need to be aware of this


Deodhar AA, Fisher RA, Blacker CV, Woolf AD

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