ME/CFS South Australia Inc supports the needs of sufferers of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and related illnesses. We do this by providing services and information to members.
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Testing for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Friday 8 June 2012
Diagnostic Tests to Exclude Other Causes
Tests for Routine Diagnosis of CFS
While the number and type of tests performed may vary from doctor to doctor, the following tests constitute a typical standard battery to exclude other causes of fatiguing illness:
Further testing may be required to confirm a diagnosis for illness other than CFS. For example,
Assessing the Impact of Fatigue on Cognition
For some patients, it may be beneficial to conduct tests to assess how fatigue is affecting their cognitive skills such as concentration, memory, and organization. This additional testing can be useful in the differential diagnosis process or in identifying specific areas in which therapy may help. This may be particularly helpful to children and adolescents with CFS. Academic attendance and performance are important in these patients, and their specific educational needs should be addressed.
Tests for Differential Diagnosis and Management
CFS remains a diagnosis based on medical history, illness symptoms, physical examination, and exclusion of certain illnesses using a standard group of laboratory tests (1994 case definition). Additional tests such as imaging and physiological assessments can also be used to diagnose underlying illnesses:
Be aware that a patient can have CFS as well as a co-existing illness that cause fatigue or other CFS symptoms – for example, depression or low blood pressure. If treatment of those other illnesses does not resolve the symptoms, then the person can still have CFS.
Additional Diagnostic Resources for Healthcare Professionals
Several resources have been created to assist health care professionals in diagnosing and managing CFS. These resources can be accessed below:
The toolkit is designed to help break the cycle of frustration. It provides a quick and easy-to-use resource for clinical care.
Free Continuing Education Course
"Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Diagnosis and Management" is a two-hour Web-based self-study course intended for primary care professionals, rehabilitation specialists and behavioral health professionals.
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