Thursday, 6 October 2011

New International Consensus Criteria published in the Journal of Internal Medicine

In July of this year the Journal of Internal Medicine published an online draft of the new Myalgic Encephalomyelitis: International Consensus Criteria which has been written by a panel of 26 experts from 13 different countries. The full, proof-read document is now properly available in both the printed and online versions of the Journal.

To view the abstract click here

A full HTML version can be found here, and to see the PDF version click here

I thought that the following comment in the abstract was particularly helpful to those of us with ME as opposed to CFS -

"The label ‘chronic fatigue syndrome’ (CFS) has persisted for many years because of the lack of knowledge of the aetiological agents and the disease process. In view of more recent research and clinical experience that strongly point to widespread inflammation and multisystemic neuropathology, it is more appropriate and correct to use the term ‘myalgic encephalomyelitis’ (ME) because it indicates an underlying pathophysiology. It is also consistent with the neurological classification of ME in the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Diseases (ICD G93.3)."

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