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Medical News Today: What to know about post-viral syndrome

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS News' started by Andy, Oct 11, 2019.

  1. Andy

    Andy Committee Member & Outreach

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    https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/326619.php

    This article seems very confused as to whether CFS, as it calls it, actually exists, or has a typical trigger.
     
  2. Trish

    Trish Moderator Staff Member

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    An article completely lacking in information based on nothing but a few anecdotes and misunderstandings.
     
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  3. chrisb

    chrisb Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    What is post-viral syndrome? it all depends what you mean. By "is".
     
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  4. Andy

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    another one not on WHO.
    There is Post viral Fatigue syndrome as we know (includes benign M.E., and CFS)

    There is Postviral Encephalitis, and Postviral Encephalomyelitis under Viral infections of the central nervous system.

    the idea of 'Postviral or postinfection syndrome' is not new:
    see paper posted by @Lucibee on another thread

    Post-infectious disease syndrome. 1988
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2428896/

    re-inventing the wheel, and going round and round on it.........:arghh:
     
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    Webdog Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    rvallee Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    That is one mess of a confused article.

    Editorial standards? Who needs that?
     
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    In the quotes the authors seem to be saying that if the condition develops out of a viral condition it is then post viral syndrome, if not it is then CFS. However it is also saying that post viral syndrome will spontaneously resolve.

    Given a significant proportion, perhaps the largest subgroup, of people with an ME/CFS diagnosis had an origin in an acute infection, are they saying they all have post viral syndrome, or are they saying that the only way to distinguish between the two is if the person recovers relatively rapidly? Then does it make sense to say that one has an explanation but that the other arises for ‘no apparent reason’?

    Some people with a ME/CFS following an acute infection do actually spontaneously recover, so are they saying that was a misdiagnosis, or are they willing to postulate a specific time period for recovery to distinguish between post viral syndrome and ME/CFS?

    Am I wasting my time trying to make sense of any of this? Certainly I see little point in actually bothering to read the article.
     
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    rvallee Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Yes. The author is clearly very confused.

    As usual the question is why the hell is clueless nonsense like this published in the first place? How is that there are seemingly no standards whatsoever in medical publishing?
     
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