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Polymyalgia rheumatica rapid symptom improvement after glucose is controlled


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Journal
Annals of Internal Medicine
Reuters Health - 16/09/2020 - In a case series report, researchers describe rapid symptom improvement in three patients with polymyalgia rheumatica when high glucose levels were brought down. After glucose was controlled, patients experienced improvement in both symptoms and laboratory measures of polymyalgia rheumatica without glucocorticoid administration or an increase in glucocorticoid dosage, according to the report in the Annals of Internal Medicine. "These findings were unexpected and are remarkable," write the authors, led by Dr. Ken Yoshida of The Jikei University School of Medicine, in Tokyo. "We believe that coincidental improvement is an unlikely explanation for these cases." Polymyalgia rheumatica is a chronic inflammatory condition affecting elderly persons, the authors note in their report, and is characterized by severe pain and stiffness, mostly in the shoulders, upper arms, and pelvic girdle. The researchers had no explanation for why...


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