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Jones O, Birrell F. Diagnosis and management of polymyalgia rheumatica. Practitioner 2016;260(1799):13-16

Diagnosis and management of polymyalgia rheumatica

16 Dec 2016Pais-up subscribers

Polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) is a common inflammatory condition of unknown aetiology. There is no specific diagnostic test for PMR but the usual pattern is a commensurate rise in CRP and ESR. A small proportion of PMR patients will have normal inflammatory markers. At diagnosis and each follow-up visit it is imperative to consider the potential for associated giant cell arteritis (GCA). If there is any suspicion of GCA, urgent discussion with the rheumatologist should take place that day.

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