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Chronic viral infections in myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS)

Authors
  • Rasa, Santa
  • Nora-Krukle, Zaiga
  • Henning, Nina
  • Eliassen, Eva
  • Shikova, Evelina
  • Harrer, Thomas
  • Scheibenbogen, Carmen
  • Murovska, Modra
  • Prusty, Bhupesh K.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Translational Medicine
Publisher
Springer (Biomed Central Ltd.)
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2018
Volume
16
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1186/s12967-018-1644-y
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

Background and main textMyalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is a complex and controversial clinical condition without having established causative factors. Increasing numbers of cases during past decade have created awareness among patients as well as healthcare professionals. Chronic viral infection as a cause of ME/CFS has long been debated. However, lack of large studies involving well-designed patient groups and validated experimental set ups have hindered our knowledge about this disease. Moreover, recent developments regarding molecular mechanism of pathogenesis of various infectious agents cast doubts over validity of several of the past studies.ConclusionsThis review aims to compile all the studies done so far to investigate various viral agents that could be associated with ME/CFS. Furthermore, we suggest strategies to better design future studies on the role of viral infections in ME/CFS.

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