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What blood tests would you get?

Discussion in 'Laboratory and Genetic Testing' started by Joan, Nov 15, 2017.

  1. Jonathan Edwards

    Jonathan Edwards Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Local brain infection with virus would normally show up clearly on an MRI scan. Based on what we know of documented brain infection I think it is vanishingly unlikely in ME.

    I think much the most likely reason that people improve while taking antiviral is that it is nothing to do with the drug. Antiviral drugs are very unlikely to do anything else of interest. I know that such ideas have been raised but not with any plausible basis I know of.

    The one thing that disappointed me about Jen Brea's film was that the tiny bit of 'science' seemed muddled, speculative and out of date. There is no immunodeficiency to let viruses react I ate as far as we know. There are no inflammatory cytokines flying around. I think now we have evidence from lots of good research groups it is time to move on from this approach.
     
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  2. Trish

    Trish Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Got it in the end: 'reactivate'.
     
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  3. duncan

    duncan Established Member (Voting Rights)

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    In acute encephalitis perhaps. But in chronic brain infections, I'm not sure this is always the case. I know there are bacterial infections that may not present on an MRI, but whose presence can be demonstrated with a CSF exam. I am not clear on why it should be any different with a virus, but I suspect you would know better.
     
  4. Inara

    Inara Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    @Jonathan Edwards, thanks for answering (I fear you answered that question in another thread and I forgot it :( sorry)

    Why should that be?

    What about CT, PET, SPECT, do you know maybe?

    Are the papers about abnormal brain findings in ME then wrong (amongst others those by Komaroff)? Or don't I remember correctly (well... :) )?
    Ahhh, those findings weren't about infection. Still, the question about brain abnormalities remains...and they are not shown via MRT...
     

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