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A Reliable and Objective Test for Fibromyalgia

Fibro Daily July 23, 2013

In a pilot study, researchers have developed a reliable diagnostic for fibromyalgia by examining finger-stick blood samples with a high-powered and specialized microscope. This technique was so effective that during the trial, which examined  14 patients with fibromyalgia, 15 with rheumatoid arthritis, and 12 with osteoarthritis, no misclassifications occurred. Researchers estimate that an objective test for primary care doctors could reduce the diagnostic time for fibromyalgia patients by five years.

The scientists analyzed each sample and ran them through an infrared microspectroscopy, which identifies the biochemical content of a blood sample.

Read more: Faster, simpler diagnosis for fibromyalgia may be on the horizon

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