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A Systematic Review of Enteric Dysbiosis in CFS/ME, 2018, Du Preez et al

Discussion in 'ME/CFS research' started by Andy, Dec 14, 2018.

  1. Andy

    Andy Committee Member

    Hampshire, UK
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    Not yet available online from the journal as far as my Google skills could tell me.
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  2. Milo

    Milo Senior Member (Voting Rights)

    Full paper available here: https://systematicreviewsjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13643-018-0909-0


    Chronic fatigue syndrome or myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) is an illness characterised by profound and pervasive fatigue in addition to a heterogeneous constellation of symptoms.

    The aetiology of this condition remains unknown; however, it has been previously suggested that enteric dysbiosis is implicated in the pathogenesis of CFS/ME.

    This review examines the evidence currently available for the presence of abnormal microbial ecology in CFS/ME in comparison to healthy controls, with one exception being probiotic-supplemented CFS/ME patients, and whether the composition of the microbiome plays a role in symptom causation.

    EMBASE, Medline (via EBSCOhost), Pubmed and Scopus were systematically searched from 1994 to March 2018.

    All studies that investigated the gut microbiome composition of CFS/ME patients were initially included prior to the application of specific exclusion criteria.

    The association between these findings and patient-centred outcomes (fatigue, quality of life, gastrointestinal symptoms, psychological wellbeing) are also reported.

    Seven studies that met the inclusion criteria were included in the review.

    The microbiome composition of CFS/ME patients was compared with healthy controls, with the exception of one study that compared to probiotic-supplemented CFS/ME patients.

    Differences were reported in each study; however, only three were considered statistically significant, and the findings across all studies were inconsistent.

    The quality of the studies included in this review scored between poor (< 54%), fair (54–72%) and good (94–100%) using the Downs and Black checklist.

    There is currently insufficient evidence for enteric dysbiosis playing a significant role in the pathomechanism of CFS/ME.

    Recommendations for future research in this field include the use of consistent criteria for the diagnosis of CFS/ME, reduction of confounding variables by controlling factors that influence microbiome composition prior to sample collection and including more severe cases of CFS/ME.
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