Articles

The chronic, active Epstein-Barr virus infection syndrome and primary fibromyalgia.

Author

Buchwald D

Date

10/1987

Journal

Arthritis Rheum

Abstract

Fifty patients with primary fibromyalgia who had been followed in an academic rheumatology practice frequently reported symptoms thought to be typical of "chronic Epstein-Barr virus infection," but not of fibromyalgia: recurrent sore throat (54%), recurrent rash (47%), chronic cough (40%), recurrent adenopathy (33%), and recurrent low-grade fevers (28%). In 55% of the patients, illness had begun suddenly, with what seemed to be a viral syndrome. Antibody titers to Epstein-Barr virus in the patients with fibromyalgia, however, were not significantly different from those in age- and sex-matched "healthy" and "unhealthy" control subjects.