What is the cognitive impact 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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Fibromyalgia is associated with a decline in short-term, working, episodic, semantic (predominantly verbal), and procedural (skills) memory. Imaging modalities such as single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) scanning have helped to define some of the abnormalities linked to this cognitive dysfunction. SPECT shows decreased blood flow in the right and left caudate nuclei and thalami.


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