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Abnormal microcirculation and temperature in skin above tender points in patients with fibromyalgia


Jeschonneck, M; Grohmann, G; Hein, G; Sprott, H (2000). Abnormal microcirculation and temperature in skin above tender points in patients with fibromyalgia. Rheumatology, 39(8):917-921.

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Objective. Skin temperature and skin blood flow were studied above different tender points in 20 patients with fibromyalgia (FM) and 20 healthy controls. Methods. Blood flow was measured by laser Doppler flowmetry and skin temperature was measured with an infrared thermometer. Results. In the skin above the five tender points examined in each subject, we found an increased concentration of erythrocytes, decreased erythrocyte velocity and a consequent decrease in the flux of erythrocytes. A decrease in temperature was recorded above four of the five tender points. Conclusion. Vasoconstriction occurs in the skin above tender points in FM patients, supporting the hypothesis that FM is related to local hypoxia in the skin above tender points

Abstract

Objective. Skin temperature and skin blood flow were studied above different tender points in 20 patients with fibromyalgia (FM) and 20 healthy controls. Methods. Blood flow was measured by laser Doppler flowmetry and skin temperature was measured with an infrared thermometer. Results. In the skin above the five tender points examined in each subject, we found an increased concentration of erythrocytes, decreased erythrocyte velocity and a consequent decrease in the flux of erythrocytes. A decrease in temperature was recorded above four of the five tender points. Conclusion. Vasoconstriction occurs in the skin above tender points in FM patients, supporting the hypothesis that FM is related to local hypoxia in the skin above tender points

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:National licences > 142-005
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Scopus Subject Areas:Health Sciences > Rheumatology
Health Sciences > Pharmacology (medical)
Language:English
Date:1 August 2000
Deposited On:25 Sep 2018 15:23
Last Modified:15 Apr 2021 14:51
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN:1462-0324
OA Status:Hybrid
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Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1093/rheumatology/39.8.917

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