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Detecting tenderness in fibromyalgia.

Diagnosing fibromyalgia
Diagnosing fibromyalgia

Current American College of Rheumatology diagnostic criteria no longer include the presence of tender points. However, patients do typically have widespread tenderness and this can be assessed systematically by palpation over 18 specific areas. Digital palpation should be done with a force of about 4 kg. A positive result requires that palpation be painful.

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