Cerebral magnetic resonance changes associated with fibromyalgia syndrome

Med Clin (Barc). 2017 Jun 7;148(11):511-516. doi: 10.1016/j.medcli.2017.01.034. Epub 2017 Apr 25.
[Article in English, Spanish]


Fibromyalgia syndrome is a chronic disease, of unknown origin, whose diagnostic criteria were established in 1990 by the American College of Rheumatology. New criteria were proposed in 2010 that have not yet been validated. It is characterized by a generalized chronic musculoskeletal pain, accompanied by hyperalgesia and allodynia, as well as other motor, vegetative, cognitive and affective symptoms and signs. We have reviewed a set of studies with cerebral magnetic resonance (morphometry, connectivity and spectroscopy) that refer to changes in areas involved in pain processing. Modifications in gray and white matter volume, as well as in levels of N-acetylaspartate, choline or glutamate, among other metabolites, have been observed in the hippocampus, insula, prefrontal and cingular cortex. Neuroradiological findings are nonspecific and similar to those found in other examples of chronic pain. An increase in the sample size and a standardized methodology would facilitate comparison, allowing the drawing of general conclusions.

Keywords: Brain magnetic resonance; Conectividad; Connectivity; Espectroscopia; Fibromyalgia syndrome; Morfometría; Morphometry; Resonancia magnética cerebral; Spectroscopy; Síndrome de fibromialgia.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Brain / diagnostic imaging*
  • Fibromyalgia / diagnostic imaging*
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Neuroimaging*