Date of Publish: 01/10/2013

Metal-induced inflammation triggers fibromyalgia in metal-allergic patients

Stejskal V, Öckert K, Bjørklund G. Neuroendocrinol Lett 2013; 34(6):559–565.
This article studied the frequency and clinical relevance of metal allergy in 15 fibromylagia (FM) patients. Metal allergy was measured by a lymphocyte transformation test, MELISA®. Ten healthy age matched women were used as controls. Reduction of metal exposure in the FM patients was achieved by replacement of dental metal restorations and by the avoidance of known sources of metal exposure. Objective health assessment was performed 5 years after treatment. Subjective health assessmentwas established by a questionnaire, completed 2, 5 and in some cases 10 years after the start of the study. Follow-up MELISA was also performed. All FM patients tested positive to at least one of the metals tested. Objective examination 5 years later showed that half of the patients no longer fulfilled the FM diagnosis, 20% had improved and the remaining 30% still had FM. All patients reported subjective health improvement.

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