What is the role of the nerve growth factor in the pathophysiology of fibromyalgia?

Updated: Nov 14, 2018
  • Author: Chad S Boomershine, MD, PhD, CPI, CPT; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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In some studies, nerve growth factor was found to be 4 times higher in the CSF of patients with fibromyalgia than it was in the CSF of individuals without the condition. Nerve growth factor enhances the production of substance P in afferent neurons, increasing an individual's sensitivity to or awareness of pain. Nerve growth factor also may play a role in spreading or redistributing perceived pain signals.


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