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Schmerz. 2011 Feb;25(1):93-103; quiz 104. doi: 10.1007/s00482-010-0965-4.

[Differences between myofascial trigger points and tender points].

[Article in German]

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CBTM, Neuroanatomie, Medizin. Fakult├Ąt Mannheim, Universit├Ąt Heidelberg, Ludolf-Krehl-Str. 13-17, 68167 Mannheim, Deutschland.


The article describes and compares the characteristics of myofascial trigger points (MTrPs) of the myofascial pain syndrome and the tender points (TePs) of the fibromyalgia syndrome. Many statements are hypothetical, because not all aspects of the disorders have been clarified in solid studies. Signs and symptoms of MTrPs: (1) palpable nodule, often located close to the muscle belly, (2) often single, (3) allodynia and hyperalgesia at the MTrP, (4) referral of the MTrP pain, (5) normal pain sensitivity outside the MTrPs, (6) local twitch response, (7) local contracture in biopsy material, (8) peripheral mechanism probable. Signs and symptoms of TePs: (1) no palpable nodule, (2) location often close to the muscle attachments, (3) multiple by definition, (4) allodynia and hyperalgesia also outside the TePs, (5) enhanced pain under psychic stress, (6) unspecific histological changes in biopsy material, (7) central nervous mechanism probable. The multitude of differences speak against a common aetiology and pathophysiology.

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