Is polymyalgia rheumatica considered an autoimmune disease?

PMR . Pmr is an inflammatory disorder that affects proximal muscles of shoulder joint and hip joint due to unknown causes. There is inflammation with elevated ESR and crp. There is mild anemia and effusion of tendons around shoulders on us. Temporal arteritis(ta) is seen in 15% of pmr patients. Pmr occurs in 50% of ta patients. It occurs in genetic predisposition triggered by environmental factors.
Yes! Pmr is an autimmune disease uusually occuruing after 50. It is associated with high grade inflammation, and some patients will develope temporal arteritis.

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Is polymyalgia rheumatica autoimmune if ANA is negative or result of old age?

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Is polymyalgia rheumatic an autoimmune disease?

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I need info for polymyalgia rheumatica muscle disorder?

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How does the doctor know if the diagnosis is polymyalgia rheumatica?

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