An overactive immune system may help explain the cause of chronic fatigue syndrome, scientists from King’s College London have suggested.
Many sufferers of CFS, or ME, say their condition began with a challenge to their immune system like an infection.
The scientists studied 55 patients with Hepatitis C who were given a drug that causes a similar response to a virus.
Eighteen of those patients had an overactive immune system and went on to develop CFS-like symptoms.
‘It is a light in the fog’
Chronic fatigue syndrome is a long-term illness characterised by extreme tiredness.
Scientists from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College recruited 55 patients who had hepatitis C. The standard treatment for hepatitis C is the drug interferon-alpha which challenges the immune system in the same way as a powerful infection.
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