Blood Test May Detect Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Blood Test



From The National Institutes Of Health.


At a Glance

  • Researchers developed a blood test that, in a pilot study, accurately identified people with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome.
  • If validated in larger studies, the assay could one day help diagnose the disease and enable researchers to test potential treatments.


Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is a complex, debilitating disease. People with ME/CFS experience at least six months of profound exhaustion and extremely poor stamina that doesn’t improve with rest. Other symptoms may include joint and muscle pain, sleep problems, tender lymph nodes, a sore throat, headaches, GI issues, and problems with thinking and cognition.

The cause of this disease is unknown. Sometimes it starts after a person has flu-like symptoms. Studies have suggested that infections, stress, or immune system changes may be involved.


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