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Study finds link between CFS and high lactate levels in brain

Thursday 4 June 2009

WomanThe NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital reports on recent research there involving ME/CFS and the brain:

A recent brain scanning study by NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Radiology Professor Dikoma C. Shungu, Ph.D. and colleagues may help open the way to diagnostic clarity. The study showed that a diagnosis of CFS is linked to elevated levels of lactate in the cerebrospinal fluid.

Dr. Shungu discovered the brain abnormality in CFS while using magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) to research dysregulated brain function in people with mitochondrial diseases. "After doing metabolic workups in several people we discovered something surprising: several people who had been referred to us as having CFS or were suspected to have CFS turned out to have elevated lactate in their cerebrospinal fluid."

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