Journal article

Regional cerebral blood flow in fibromyalgia: single-photon-emission computed tomography evidence of reduction in the pontine tegmentum and thalami.

R Kwiatek, L Barnden, R Tedman, R Jarrett, J Chew, C Rowe, K Pile

Arthritis & Rheumatology | Published : 2000

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To determine whether regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) is abnormal in any cerebral structure of women with fibromyalgia (FM), following a report that rCBF is reduced in the thalami and heads of caudate nuclei in FM. METHODS: Seventeen women with FM and 22 healthy women had a resting single-photon-emission computed tomography (SPECT) brain scan to assess rCBF and a T1-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan to enable precise anatomic localization. Additionally, all participants underwent 2 manual tender point examinations and completed a set of questionnaires evaluating clinical features. SPECT scans were analyzed for differences in rCBF between groups using statistical pa..

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