[Mitochondrial dysfunction in fibromyalgia and its implication in the pathogenesis of disease]

Med Clin (Barc). 2011 Mar 12;136(6):252-6. doi: 10.1016/j.medcli.2010.01.030. Epub 2010 Apr 24.
[Article in Spanish]


Fibromyalgia (FM) is a chronic pain syndrome with unknown etiology. Recent studies have shown evidence demonstrating that oxidative stress may have a role in the pathophysiology of FM, however it is still not clear whether oxidative stress is the cause or the effect of the abnormalities documented in FM. Furthermore, it is also controversial the role of mitochondria in the pathophysiology of FM, however signs associated with mitochondrial dysfunction have been observed in FM. Mitochondria are also known to be strong producers of ROS, so have been related with the pathogenic mechanism of numerous diseases including FM. To this respect, it has been observed antioxidants therapies might be beneficial to improve the mitochondrial performance. Therefore, the dysfunction mitochondrial opens a great field of therapeutic research, for what it should start considering in the clinical medicine the boarding of the FM by means of therapy with antioxidant and drugs related to the mitochondrial biogenesis.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Fibromyalgia / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Mitochondrial Diseases / complications*
  • Mitochondrial Diseases / metabolism
  • Oxidative Stress