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Diagnosing PMR

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Core inclusion criteria for diagnosis of PMR

The BSR/BHPR's 2009 guidelines set out the following core inclusion criteria for a diagnosis of PMR:

  • Age >50
  • Duration of symptoms >2 weeks
  • Bilateral shoulder or pelvic girdle aching, or both
  • Morning stiffness duration of >45 minutes
  • Evidence of an acute-phase response

Although patients often report fevers or chills in the early stages of their illness or malaise/fatigue alongside the pain and stiffness, these are not core inclusion criteria.

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