Study Finds More Than 30% Of Patients With Primary Sjögren’s Syndrome May Also Have Fibromyalgia

Study Finds More Than 30% Of Patients With Primary Sjögren’s Syndrome May Also Have Fibromyalgia
A new cross-sectional study by a research team at the Seoul Medical Center Department of Internal Medicine in Seoul, Korea, was conducted with the objective of investigating the prevalence and clinical impact of of fibromyalgia (FM) in primary Sjögren’s syndrome (pSS) patients and to compare the clinical features of pSS patients with FM to those without FM. The study, entitled "Prevalence and clinical impact of fibromyalgia in patients with primary Sjögren's syndrome" published online in the journal Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology, is coauthored by B. Choi, H. Oh, Y. Lee, and Y. Song -- all of Seoul Medical Center, who note that clinical features of primary Sjögren’s syndrome overlap with those of fibromyalgia syndrome. The investigators consecutively assessed one hundred pSS patients to identify the presence of FM according to American College of Rheumatology (ACR) 2010 criteria, with clinical and laboratory data collected from participant patients, all of whom satisfied American-European Consensus Group (AECG) criteria for pSS, and exclusion of thyroid dysfunction, infections or other chronic diseases. Additional assessments included the EULAR Sjögren’s Syndrome Patient Reported Index (ESSPRI) which scores assessments of patients' symptoms in primary Sjögren's syndrome and the EULAR Sjögren’s Syndrome Disease Activity Index (ESSDAI) -- a disease activi
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