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Epidemiological and clinical factors associated with post-exertional malaise severity in patients with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome
Authors: Ghali A, Richa P, Lacout C, Gury A, Beucher AB, Homedan C, Lavigne C, Urbanski G (University Hospital, France)
The authors in this study aimed to define possible factors that could be associated with the severity of post-exertional malaise (PEM). They discovered that PEM was more severe in patients that either had an age of onset > 32years, experienced recurrent infections during the course of their disease, or when their ME/CFS was caused by a gastrointestinal infectious event.
These findings may prove useful for individualising disease management, specifically preventing PEM occurrences in patients that fall into one of these categories.