Medical Definition of Epidemic myalgia

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Epidemic myalgia: Also known as Bornholm disease, this is a temporary illness that is a result of virus infection. The disease features fever and abdominal and chest pains with headache. The chest pain is typically worsened by breathing or coughing. The illness usually lasts from 3 to 14 days.

The most common virus causing Bornholm disease is an enterovirus called Coxsackie B.

Bornholm disease is also called pleurodynia (because of inflammation of the lining tissue of the lungs).

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Last Editorial Review: 1/24/2017

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