Connection Between Fibromyalgia And Vitiligo?

By Khudhair OS, et al.

Fibromyalgia Syndrome and Vitiligo: A Novel Association.

ABSTRACT

Editor’s Note:  Vitiligo, a disease that causes the loss of skin color in blotches, can affect the skin on any part of the body and can cause psychological difficulties. Both FMS and vitiligo share a common pathophysiology and relationship with autoimmunity, psychiatric comorbidity and functional disability, which may suggest a link between the two diseases. This study looks at the possible connection, which can be especially troubling given the stigmatization caused by both diseases.

 OBJECTIVES

This study aims to assess the relationship between fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) and vitiligo in Iraqi patients and evaluate the predictors of this relationship, if present.

PATIENTS AND METHODS

The case-control study included 100 Iraqi patients (46 males, 54 females; mean age 30.4±14 years; range 15 to 65 years) with vitiligo and 200 age- and sex-matched healthy controls (74 males, 126 females; mean age 30.3±9.4 years; range 15 to 62 years).

Baseline characteristics of patients and controls were recorded. The 2012 Canadian Guidelines criteria were used for the diagnosis of FMS and applied to all patients and controls. 

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