Current management of aromatase inhibitor-induced arthralgia

Sahin S., Karatas F., SEVER A. R., Altundag K.

JOURNAL OF BUON, vol.21, no.1, pp.17-20, 2016 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 21 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Journal Name: JOURNAL OF BUON
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.17-20
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Aromatase inhibitors (AIs) are standard of care in the adjuvant setting of postmenopausal women with hormone receptor positive breast cancer. Despite their beneficial effects on survival outcomes in breast cancer, AIs-induced arthralgia (AIA) is a common side effect which may lead to drug discontinuation and decreased AIs adherence among patients. So far, the exact pathophysiology of AIA is still an unclarified condition that explains why the optimal treatment in its management has not yet been established. Moreover, studies regarding the alternative treatment options for AIA are limited due to small sample size. Herein, we report a summary of current treatment options and their effectiveness in AIA with a practical algorithm in light of the relevant literature.