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Differing Case Definitions Point To The Need For An Accurate Diagnosis Of ME/CFS

Sunday 15 January 2017

 

From the medical journal Fatigue: Biomedicine, Health & Behaviour (via Taylor & Francis Online):

 

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Differing case definitions point to the need for an accurate diagnosis of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome

Luis Nacul, Caroline C. Kingdon, Erinna W. Bowman, Hayley Curran & Eliana M. Lacerda
Pages 1-4 | Published online: 08 Jan 2017
Copyright © 2016 Informa UK Limited

Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is characterised by unexplained and persistent or recurrent incapacitating fatigue accompanied by a variety of symptoms and substantial reductions in previous levels of occupational, educational, social and/or personal activity. Given the absence of biomarkers for diagnosis, ME/CFS is defined by a combination of symptoms, most of which are non-specific and common to a number of diseases and conditions.

Over 20 case definitions have been proposed, leading to large variations in sensitivity and specificity of diagnosis. These diverse sets of diagnostic criteria and distinct ways in which they have been applied pose significant problems, as research results may vary considerably according to which definition is used.

 

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