Stomach Virus may cause Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Stomach Virus may cause Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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[Best Syndication] Researchers believe they have identified a stomach virus that may cause chronic fatigue syndrome. This infection is called chronic enterovirus infection of the stomach. The study will be published in the Journal of Clinical Pathology.

The researchers decided to investigate the stomach as a source of problem for people that suffer with chronic fatigue syndrome because it is often a common location of complaints and discomfort. The digestion problems of chronic fatigue syndrome patients include chronic and persistent indigestion along with irritable bowel syndrome. Another name for chronic fatigue syndrome is myalgic encephalitis or ME. Other viral infections that create similar symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome are Epstein Barr virus (glandular fever), cytomegalovirus, and parvovirus as well as others.

The researchers studied 165 patients with chronic fatigue syndrome by threading a long tube with a camera and inserted into the stomach by means of an endoscopy procedure. The researchers also gather stomach tissue samples in search of any viral proteins. The researchers also compared specimens that came from healthy people that did not have chronic fatigue syndrome.

The researchers found the Enterovirus present with 80% of the patients with chronic fatigue syndrome. This virus is known to infect the bowel and also cause severe but also a short duration respiratory and stomach infection. The healthy group samples tested positive in only 7 out of 34 samples (around 20%).

The researchers suggest that quite a few of the patients had the initial infection happen several years earlier.

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By Mark Barone
Best Syndication News Health Writer

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