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Int J Immunopathol Pharmacol. 2015 Mar;28(1):53-9. doi: 10.1177/0394632015572074.

Chronic fatigue syndrome: Features of a population of patients from northern Italy.

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1
Immunology and Genetic Analysis Laboratory, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy.
2
Department of Neurology, Mellino Mellini Hospital, Chiari, Brescia, Italy.
3
Department of Internal Medicine and Therapeutics, University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy Cellular Pathophysiology and Clinical Immunology Laboratory, University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy.
4
Department of Internal Medicine and Therapeutics, University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy.
5
Department of Internal Medicine and Therapeutics, University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy Cellular Pathophysiology and Clinical Immunology Laboratory, University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy giovanni.ricevuti@unipv.it.

Abstract

In this study we analyzed the clinical features of a population of Italian patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) diagnosed according to the CDC-1994 criteria. The aim was to investigate CFS patients and their relatives, in order to search for events related to the onset of the disease and to identify correlations with other diseases. The analysis was carried out by examining medical records belonging to 82 patients suffering from the syndrome. The documentation was collected between 2008 and 2011 and provided by the non-profit Italian organization AMCFS (Associazione Malati di CFS). The influence of gender on the age of onset and association with potential risk factors were investigated in patients and in their relatives. From the results a significant correlation between the age of onset and autoimmunity was observed.

KEYWORDS:

chronic fatigue syndrome; myalgic encephalomyelitis

PMID:
25816406
DOI:
10.1177/0394632015572074
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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