Chronic fatigue syndrome, also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis or chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome, is a debilitating illness diagnosed by means of exclusion. The illness is often controversial; the proposed etiology, preferred method of treatment, and even the nomenclature varies widely from source to source. The symptoms are also diverse and fluctuating, making uniform studies and research difficult. Even diagnosing chronic fatigue syndrome is a challenge as reliable diagnostic tests and biological markers remain elusive.
Little is certain about this illness, but in this article, Dr. William Conte of The University of Chicago summarizes most of the current and widely accepted information about the subject.
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