The relationship between tender point count and disease severity in patients with primary fibromyalgia
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Objective of this study is to asses the relationship between tender point count (TPC) and the severity of disease in patients with primary fibromyalgia (FM). One hundred and seven female patients with FM diagnosis according to ACR criteria were included to the study. Main outcome measures were fibromyalgia impact questionnaire (FIQ), Beck depression inventory (BDI), visual analog scale (VAS) and tender point assessment. Mean TPC was 14.66 ± 2.50 and mean VAS was 6.6 ± 1.2 cm. Mean total FIQ score and BDI was 62.75 ± 15.57 and 16.17 ± 7.12, respectively. TPC was correlated positively with FIQ and VAS scores. There was no correlation between TPC and age and duration of symptoms. In conclusion, TPC is a simple and noninvasive examination finding that can supply information about the disease severity and the depression in FM.
KeywordsTender point count Fibromyalgia Disease severity
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