Letters Polymyalgia rheumatica

Fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography: a “one stop shop” for diagnosing polymyalgia rheumatica

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f7705 (Published 06 January 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:f7705
  1. Michael S Hofman, physician in nuclear medicine and molecular imaging1
  1. 1Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, East Melbourne, VIC 3002, Australia
  1. michael.hofman{at}petermac.org

In their clinical review Mackie and Mallen highlight that the diagnosis of polymyalgia rheumatica can be challenging and dependent on clinical experience and expertise, underscoring the need for better diagnostic algorithms.1 Given the various differential diagnoses, including occult infection, cancer, and myositis, patients are often subjected to an array of investigations before the diagnosis is established (often by exclusion), resulting in delayed diagnosis and costs associated …

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