Pediatric Fibromyalgia

Dan Buskila

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Fibromyalgia is an idiopathic chronic pain syndrome defined by widespread nonarticular musculoskeletal pain and generalized tender points. The syndrome is associated with a constellation of symptoms, including fatigue, nonrefreshing sleep, irritable bowel, and more. Central nervous system sensitization is a major pathophysiologic aspect of fibromyalgia; in addition, various external stimuli such as trauma and stress may contribute to development of the syndrome. Fibromyalgia is most common in midlife, but may be seen at any age. This article reviews the epidemiology, clinical characteristics, etiology, management, and outcome of pediatric fibromyalgia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253-261
Number of pages9
JournalRheumatic Disease Clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 May 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Adolescents
  • Children
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Pediatric
  • Tenderness


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