Background Polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) is a common inflammatory rheumatic disease and an
indication for long term treatment with oral steroids. Its incidence rises progressively
beyond the age of 50 years. For the most part, PMR is managed in primary care.
Objective This article highlights the main points in the British Society for Rheumatology and the
British Health Professionals in Rheumatology guidelines that may be useful to general
practitioners in the primary care setting.
Discussion Different levels of awareness of the condition between practitioners, and a lack of uniform
diagnostic criteria may impede correct diagnosis and management of PMR. Updated
international guidelines produced by the British Society for Rheumatology and the British
Health Professionals in Rheumatology can aid diagnosis and direct treatment and disease
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