ME/CFS In Young People: A Primer

 

Russell Logan

 

By Russell Logan in Shout Out About ME.

 

Leading international me/cfs experts have written a primer for diagnosing and managing the illness in children and adolescents.

The new primer lifts the veil on a poorly-recognized disease ravaging our most vulnerable, leaving some children wheelchair dependent, housebound, or bedbound and many more unable to attend school.

Prevalence estimates for pediatric ME/CFS vary from 0.1 to 0.5%.

ME/CFS Diagnosis and Management in Young People: A Primer | 20 June 2017
Published by, frontiers in pediatrics | neuropediatrics, 19 June, 2017.

Open Access

Review Article
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Diagnosis and Management in Young People: A Primer
Peter C. Rowe, Rosemary A. Underhill, Kenneth J. Friedman, Alan Gurwitt, Marvin S. Medow, Malcolm S. Schwartz, Nigel Speight, Julian M. Stewart8, Rosamund Vallings9 and Katherine S. Rowe

Abstract
Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is a complex disease that affects children and adolescents as well as adults. The etiology has not been established. While many paediatricians and other health-care providers are aware of ME/CFS, they often lack essential knowledge that is necessary for diagnosis and treatment. Many young patients experience symptoms for years before receiving a diagnosis.

 

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