Fluid retention syndrome and fibromyalgia

A. A. Deodhar, R. A. Fisher, C. V. Blacker, A. D. Woolf

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Fluid retention syndrome (FRS) or idiopathic oedema is an unusual clinical entity almost exclusively seen in women, which remains under-diagnosed and poorly understood. It can produce a variety of symptoms ranging from headaches and blurring of vision to abdominal pains and diarrhoea [I]. More commonly it presents with symptoms of bloating, fatigue and generalized weakness We describe four cases of FRS who presented to the rheumatology clinic with signs and symptoms of fibromyalgia. We also discuss the common features of these two conditions and argue that rheumatologists need to be aware of this condition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)576-582
Number of pages7
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1994
Externally publishedYes


  • Cyclical oedema
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Fluid retention syndrome
  • Idiopathic oedema

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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