Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Triggered by Stomach Virus

Sep 17, 2007

According to the latest research chronic fatigue syndrome is believed to be linked to a common stomach virus.

Dr. John Chia, an infectious disease specialist, together with his son Andrew Chia working in Torrance, California, studied chronic fatigue syndrome in 165 people to find the cause of this condition. The findings showed that enteroviruses that are known to cause complicated gastrointestinal and respiratory infections and also affect central nervous system, muscles and heart can become the main reason why people suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).

During the experiment, scientists took stomach tissue for the analysis from those who had a CFS and those who were not. The results showed that 82% of people who had CFS were found to have viral particles in their digestive tract.

The findings are promising for CFS treatment as it will lead to antiviral drugs to fight with this condition. Further studies will be conducted to find how these viruses affect the body.

Chronic fatigue syndrome that was first diagnosed in late 80's is still one of the most mysterious diseases. Until now there were little clues to what causes this CFS or to the treatment. Many people suffering from CFS have sleeping disorders, memory problems, difficulty to concentrate, and fatigue. Chronic fatigue syndrome occurs more often in women for unknown reasons.

The research is published in the Journal of Clinical Pathology.

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