Toward a Faster and Simpler Diagnostic Technique for Fibromyalgia

A finger-stick blood sample may someday be all that is needed to accurately and quickly detect fibromyalgia syndrome. In a pilot study conducted at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center, researchers used a specialized microscope to detect the presence of small molecules in patients who were known to have fibromyalgia. The equipment was then calibrated to recognize this molecular pattern, and was able to discern the presence of fibromyalgia versus two other types of arthritis that exhibit similar symptoms. Researchers noted the importance of shortening the time to diagnosis, and the resultant benefits of reduced stress and anxiety that would accrue. Read more about the study here.

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