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Practical management of chronic fatigue syndrome or myalgic encephalomyelitis in childhood
  1. Amberly Brigden1,
  2. Maria Loades1,2,3,
  3. Anna Abbott3,
  4. Joanne Bond-Kendall3,
  5. Esther Crawley1,3
  1. 1 Centre for Child and Adolescent Heath, School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK
  2. 2 Department of Psychology, University of Bath, Bath, UK
  3. 3 Paediatric CFS/ME Service, Children's Centre, Royal United Hospital, Bath, UK
  1. Correspondence to Miss Amberly Brigden, Centre for Child and Adolescent Heath, School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol, Oakfield House, Oakfield Grove, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 2BN, UK; amberly.brigden{at}bristol.ac.uk

Abstract

Paediatric chronic fatigue syndrome or myalgic encephalomyelitis affects at least 1% of secondary school children in the UK and is very disabling. Treatment is effective but few children get a diagnosis or access treatment. This paper summarises what we currently know about diagnosing and treating this important illness in childhood.

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • CFS/ME
  • paediatrics

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Footnotes

  • Contributors All authors contributed to the writing of the manuscript.

  • Funding EC is funded by the NIHR Senior Research Fellowship (SRF-2013-06-013) and ML is funded by the NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship (DRF-2016-09-021).

  • Disclaimer This report is independent research. The views expressed in this publication are those of the authors(s) and not necessarily those of the NHS, The National Institute for Health Research or the Department of Health.

  • Competing interests EC leads the Bath Specialist CFS/ME service. She is the principal investigator for FITNET-NHS, a trial investigating internet-delivered CBT and MAGENTA which is investigating the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of Graded Exercise Therapy.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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