A new study looks at the rate of chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) in adolescents after mononucleosis (the "kissing disease") and reveals differences between the kids who fully recover and the ones who are left with ME/CFS.
Looking at post-mono adolescents, researchers found it was mainly the girls who continued to have symptoms long term. Many of those who fit the ME/CFS diagnostic criteria early on no longer did at follow up. Here's at look at how the length of time post-infection effected the diagnostic rate:
- 6 months: 13%
- 12 months: 7%
- 24 months: 4%
Researchers say the following factors distinguished those with ME/CFS from kids who'd fully recovered:
- Certain cytokine network test results
- Oxygen consumption, at rest and during exercise
- Life stress factors (such as those caused by long-term illness)
- Symptoms of autonomic nervous system dysfunction
They did not find significant differences in activity level, exercise tolerance or orthostatic testing.
This study was only of adolescents and findings may not apply to adults with ME/CFS.
- Learn More: Juvenile Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
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