Health Matters: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Teenagers

By: Triston Sanders-Medical Anchor Email
By: Triston Sanders-Medical Anchor Email

May 3, 2011
A new survey suggests Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) affects only about one in 900 teenagers.
Researchers sent questionnaires to a group of Dutch doctors and patients about how Chronic Fatigue Syndrome impacts their lives.
They found 11% of teens were diagnosed with the disease.
Among those diagnosed with CFS, more than 90% had missed a considerable amount of school in the last six months.
Some responded they had not attended school at all during that time.
CFS is a long-term debilitating condition of disabling physical and mental fatigue, poor concentration and memory, disturbed sleep and muscle and joint pain.
There is no cure for it and scientists don't know what causes it.
Findings appear in the journal "Pediatrics."

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