Fibromyalgia syndrome: definition and diagnostic aspects

  • M. Cazzola |
  • P. Sarzi-Puttini
  • S. Stisi
  • M. Di Franco
  • L. Bazzichi
  • R. Carignola
  • R.H Gracely
  • F. Salaffi
  • F. Marinangeli
  • R. Torta
  • M.A. Giamberardino
  • D. Buskila
  • M. Spath
  • G. Biasi
  • G. Cassisi
  • R. Casale
  • L. Altomonte
  • G. Arioli
  • A. Alciati
  • A. Marsico
  • F. Ceccherelli
  • G. Leardini
  • R. Gorla
  • F. Atzeni


Although the term “fibromyalgia” (FM) is relatively new, the condition characterised by chronic musculoskeletal pain that is accompanied by numerous extra-skeletal symptoms has been described in the medical literature for many years under different names. The term “fibrositis,” which was originally used in 1904 by Sir William Gowers to define a type of lumbalgia, became a synonym for diffuse musculoskeletal pain until 1976 (1). In the mid-1970s, Smythe and Moldofsky used the term “fibrositic syndrome” to describe the presence of tender points (TPs), sleep disturbances and other accompanying symptoms such as asthenia...



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Cazzola, M., Sarzi-Puttini, P., Stisi, S., Di Franco, M., Bazzichi, L., Carignola, R., Gracely, R., Salaffi, F., Marinangeli, F., Torta, R., Giamberardino, M., Buskila, D., Spath, M., Biasi, G., Cassisi, G., Casale, R., Altomonte, L., Arioli, G., Alciati, A., Marsico, A., Ceccherelli, F., Leardini, G., Gorla, R., & Atzeni, F. (1). Fibromyalgia syndrome: definition and diagnostic aspects. Reumatismo, 60(s1), 3-14.

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