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Researchers have reported for the first time that they have found inflammation in the brains of patients with fibromyalgia.

Daniel S. Albrecht, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow with the Department of Radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Harvard Medical School, Boston, and colleagues, joined with a research team led by Anton Forsberg, PhD, of the Department of Clinical Neuroscience at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, to broaden generalizability and boost statistical power of the study.

The researchers write that although there has been mounting evidence that brain inflammation plays some role in fibromyalgia, this research is the first to show direct evidence of brain glial activation in the poorly understood and difficult-to-treat chronic condition.