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Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR) with Normal Values of Both Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR) and C-Reactive Protein (CRP) Concentration at the Time of Diagnosis in a Centenarian Man: A Case Report

Internal and Geriatric Medicine Department, Azienda Sanitaria Locale Napoli 3 Sud, Rheumatologic Outpatient Clinic and Ambulatory of Geriatric Rheumatology, “Mariano Lauro” Hospital, 80065 Sant’Agnello, Italy
Diseases 2018, 6(4), 84; https://doi.org/10.3390/diseases6040084
Received: 10 August 2018 / Revised: 14 September 2018 / Accepted: 19 September 2018 / Published: 20 September 2018
The possibility that polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) can be diagnosed when both ESR and CRP are normal at the time of diagnosis and before therapy with glucocorticoids, has been often discussed in the literature. We present a case report of a 100-year-old Caucasian man referred to our outpatient clinic, complaining of chronic pain in the shoulder and hip girdle associated with normal values of both ESR (21 mm/1st hour) and CRP (4 mg/dL). In the previous four months, several anti-inflammatory drugs and painkillers associated with physiotherapy treatments gave no significant improvement in pain and self-care. After an ultrasound (US) and an 18-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography associated with total body computed tomography (18-FDG PET/CT) examination, PMR was diagnosed and he started therapy with 17.5 mg prednisone, obtaining a fast improvement in pain and self-care. After 10 months of tapering, he stopped prednisone without relapse. During a 3-year follow-up, no alternative diagnosis was done. When a patient complains of chronic bilateral shoulder and hip girdle pain associated with normal inflammatory indices, it is reasonable to think in the first instance that this person is not suffering from PMR. Moreover, the possibility that PMR may onset in a centenarian person, is exceptional. In our patient, when we piece the puzzle together, the diagnosis of PMR was the most possible one. View Full-Text
Keywords: polymyalgia rheumatica; erythrocyte sedimentation rate; C-reactive protein; centenarians polymyalgia rheumatica; erythrocyte sedimentation rate; C-reactive protein; centenarians
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Manzo, C. Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR) with Normal Values of Both Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR) and C-Reactive Protein (CRP) Concentration at the Time of Diagnosis in a Centenarian Man: A Case Report. Diseases 2018, 6, 84.

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