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Human Studies

2020 Dec 17

Rheumatology (Oxford)

An association between chronic widespread pain and the gut microbiome.


Freidin MB, Stalteri MA, Wells PM, Lachance G, Baleanu A-F, Bowyer RCE, Kurilshikov A, Zhernakova A, Steves CJ, Williams FMK
Rheumatology (Oxford). 2020 Dec 17.
PMID: 33331911.


Chronic widespread musculoskeletal pain (CWP) is a characteristic symptom of fibromyalgia, which has been shown to be associated with an altered gut microbiome. Microbiome studies to date have not examined the milder CWP phenotype specifically nor have they explored the role of raised BMI. The aim of this study was to investigate whether the microbiome is abnormal in CWP.