Chronic fatigue: Overactive immune system ‘may trigger ME-like symptoms’

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(Laurel Ives/ BBC Health) — An overactive immune system may help explain the cause of chronic fatigue syndrome, scientists from King’s College London have suggested.

Many sufferers of CFS, or ME, say their condition began with a challenge to their immune system like an infection.

The scientists studied 55 patients with Hepatitis C who were given a drug that causes a similar response to a virus. Eighteen of those patients had an overactive immune system and went on to develop CFS-like symptoms.

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a long-term illness characterised by extreme tiredness. (…)

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