Management of polymyalgia rheumatica

European League Against Rheumatism and American College of Rheumatology


Polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) is an inflammatory condition that causes pain, tenderness and stiffness in the large muscles around the shoulders, hips, and back. Each year about 4 out of every 10,000 people in the UK develop PMR, it generally affects older people—the average age of onset is around 76 years of age, and it is rare in people aged under 50 years.

This Guidelines summary covers considerations for referral, medical access and follow-up, pharmacological therapies, and includes a concise management algorithm.


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