Post-infectious Fatigue Syndrome

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Post-infectious Fatigue Syndrome (PIFS) is subtype of chronic fatigue syndrome defined by the Oxford criteria published in 1991.[1] According to the definition, post-infectious fatigue syndrome is chronic fatigue syndrome associated with or following a laboratory-confirmed infection.[1]

Criteria[edit | edit source]

The definition of post-infectious fatigue syndrome explicitly states that it is not known whether the infection has a role in causing the resulting chronic fatigue syndrome.[1]

Role of infection[edit | edit source]

The definition of post-infectious fatigue syndrome does not refer to any particular type of infection;[1] unlike postviral fatigue syndrome which limits the cause to viruses only.

A number of outbreaks of ME/CFS have been linked to viruses. Non-viral infections have caused a number of outbreaks.

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  1. 1.01.11.21.31.4 Sharpe, Michael; Archard, Len; Banatvala, Jangu; Borysiewicz, Leszek; Clare, Anthony; David, Anthony; Edwards, Richard; Hawton, Keith; Lambert, Harold; Lane, Russell (Feb 1991). "A report - chronic fatigue syndrome: guidelines for research". Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. 84: 118–121. PMC 1293107Freely accessible. 

Oxford criteria - A set of diagnostic criteria for chronic fatigue syndrome. These criteria focus on "fatigue" as the defining symptom.

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