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Polymyalgia rheumatica 

Polymyalgia rheumatica
Polymyalgia rheumatica

Bhaskar Dasgupta

and Charles Raine



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Updated on 1 May 2019. The previous version of this content can be found here.
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date: 04 August 2021

This chapter reviews advances in pathogenesis; European League Against Rheumatism/American College of Rheumatology (EULAR/ACR) classification criteria with clinical, laboratory, and ultrasound criteria for classification as polymyalgia rheumatR); the heterogeneity and overlap between PMR, inflammatory arthritis, and large-vessel vasculitis as illustrated by representative cases; pathogenesis; recent guidelines on early and correct recognition, investigations, and management of PMR; the scope of disease-modifying agents; socio-economic impact, outcomes, and patient experience in PMR. It also discusses areas for future research including clinical trials with biological agents and newer steroid formulations, standardized outcome assessments, disease stratification, disease heterogeneity, and the search for better biomarkers in PMR.

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