Myofascial pain syndrome in the differential diagnosis of chronic abdominal painAli Çimen1, Mehmet Çelik2, Serdar Erdine31Elazığ Military Hospital, Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, Elazığ, Turkey. [email protected]
2İstanbul Pain Center, İstanbul, Turkey
3İstanbul University, İstanbul Faculty of Medicine, Department of Algology, İstanbul, Turkey
Myofascial pain syndrome is a painful musculoskeletal condition, and a quite common cause of chronic pain. It is characterized by the development of trigger points that are locally tender when active, and refer pain through specific patterns to other areas of the body. Its etiological factors are various; trauma, vertebral column diseases, systemic disorders, psychological distress, lack of motion, and chilling of the body parts. Myofascial pain syndrome may be misdiagnosed as arising from a visceral source especially if its probability is not kept in mind and a proper patient examination is lacking. Although there are many therapeutic approaches, trigger point injections can be diagnostic and therapeutic.
Ali Çimen, Mehmet Çelik, Serdar Erdine. Myofascial pain syndrome in the differential diagnosis of chronic abdominal pain. Ağrı. 2004; 16(3): 45-47