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Clin Exp Rheumatol. 2012 May-Jun;30(3):319-21. Epub 2012 Jun 26.

Ultrasound imaging for the rheumatologist XXXIX. Sonographic assessment of the hip in fibromyalgia patients.

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Department of Rheumatology, Antrim Hospital, Antrim, U.K.


Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a common form of non-inflammatory rheumatism within the general population with symptoms often mimicking those of arthritis or muscle disorders. Arthralgic symptoms in the region of the hip are commonly mentioned by patients with FMS and one of the diagnostic trigger points for the condition is found around the greater trochanter. To date, no formal imaging studies using ultrasound (US) have been performed in FMS. This study describes the correlation between clinical and US findings in patients presenting with primary FMS to rheumatology clinics. In the majority of the patients, no significant pathological US abnormalities were detected.

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