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Neurobiological similarities between RA and fibromyalgia

Nature Reviews Rheumatologyvolume 14pages324325 (2018) | Download Citation

Pain management can be a difficult problem for patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), some of whom can experience pain similar to that reported by patients with fibromyalgia. Now, advanced imaging techniques are revealing neurobiological alterations in patients with RA that mirror those seen in fibromyalgia, hinting at new treatment possibilities.

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  1. Rheumatology Unit, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Messina, Messina, Italy

    • Fabiola Atzeni
  2. Department of Rheumatology, ASST Fatebenefratelli-Sacco, Milan, Italy

    • Piercarlo Sarzi-Puttini


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