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Clinical Medicine Insights: Pediatrics

A Case Definition for Children with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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Clinical Medicine Insights: Pediatrics 2008:1 53-57

Published on 11 Nov 2008


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Leonard A. Jason1, Nicole Porter1, Elizabeth Shelleby1, David S. Bell2, Charles W. Lapp3, Kathy Rowe4 and Kenny De Meirleir5

1Center for Community Research, DePaul University. 2Medina Hospital, Lyndonville NY. 3Hunter-Hopkins Center, Charlotte NC. 4Royal Children’s Hospital, Australia. 5Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.

Abstract

The case definition for chronic fatigue syndrome was developed for adults (Fukuda et al. 1994), and this case definition may not be appropriate for use with children and adolescents. The lack of application of a consistent pediatric definition for this illness and the lack of a reliable instrument to assess it might lead to studies which lack sensitivity and specificity. In this article, a case definition is presented that has been endorsed by the International Association of ME/CFS.



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