Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is notoriously difficult to diagnose, as it is more a diagnosis of what it isn’t than what it actually is, which is frustrating for patients and doctors alike. Researchers at Stanford may be on route to changing this, by creating a potential blood test to detect CFS.
The initial experimental group was small, only 40 participants, but the blood test was able to accurately diagnose the 20 participants already diagnosed with CFS. The blood test was able to detect the way the immune cells of participants responded to stress, which proves that there is a difference in the way healthy and CFS immune cells process stress and the symptoms are not ‘all in the mind’ of sufferers. More research will be required before the test will be used by medical professionals, but it provides a new avenue of investigation for CFS researchers to pursue.
Source: Science Alert
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