Polymyalgia Rheumatica Differential Diagnoses

Updated: Nov 16, 2017
  • Author: Ehab R Saad, MD, MA, FACP, FASN; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
  • Print

Diagnostic Considerations

Problems to be considered in the differential diagnosis of polymyalgia rheumatica include the following:

  • Acute or chronic infection
  • Infective endocarditis
  • Bursitis/tendinitis
  • Cervical spondylosis
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Malignancy
  • Myopathy
  • Parkinson disease
  • Remitting seronegative symmetrical synovitis with pitting edema ( RS3PE)
  • Shoulder disorders (eg, shoulder synovitis, rotator cuff tendinitis, and subdeltoid bursitis)
  • Calcium pyrophosphate deposition disease
  • Late-onset ankylosing spondylitis
  • Vasculitis (eg, giant cell arteritis)

Differential Diagnoses