List of systematic reviews about ME/CFS/SEID

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List of systematic reviews, literature reviews and other reviews about myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome/Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease.

Epidemiology reviews[edit | edit source]

  • 2020, Systematic review and meta-analysis of the prevalence of chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME)[1] - (Full text)
  • 2013, The adoption of chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis case definitions to assess prevalence: a systematic review[2] - (Full text)
  • 2020, Systematic Review of the Epidemiological Burden of Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome across Europe: current evidence and EUROMENE research recommendations for epidemiology.[3](Full text)
  • 2005, A systematic review describing the prognosis of chronic fatigue syndrome[4] - (Full text)

Diagnotic criteria reviews[edit | edit source]

  • 2018, ME/CFS, case definition, and serological response to Epstein-Barr virus. A systematic literature review[5] - (Full text)
  • 2014, Case definitions for chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME): a systematic review[6] - (Abstract)

Pathogenesis, pathology and pathophysiology[edit | edit source]

Neurological[edit | edit source]

  • 2020, Neuroimaging characteristics of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS): a systematic review[7](Full text)
  • 2020, A systematic review of neurological impairments in myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome using neuroimaging techniques[8] - (Full text)
  • 2019, Evidence of altered cardiac autonomic regulation in myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome: A systematic review and meta-analysis[9] - (Full text)
  • 2019, Neuroinflammation and Cytokines in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS): A Critical Review of Research Methods[10] - (Full text), (plus correction)
  • 2014, Malfunctioning of the autonomic nervous system in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome: a systematic literature review[11] - (Full text)
  • 1994, A comparative review of systemic and neurological symptomatology in 12 outbreaks collectively described as chronic fatigue syndrome, epidemic neuromyasthenia, and myalgic encephalomyelitis[12] - (Full text)

Immunological[edit | edit source]

  • 2019, Inflammatory proteins are altered in chronic fatigue syndrome–a systematic review and meta-analysis[13] - (Full text)
  • 2015, Chronic fatigue syndrome and circulating cytokines: a systematic review[14] - (Full text)
  • 2014, Altered immune response to exercise in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyeltitis: A systematic literature review[15] - (Full text)
  • 2007, Chronic musculoskeletal pain in patients with the chronic fatigue syndrome: a systematic review - (Full text)
  • 2003, A systematic review and critical evaluation of the immunology of chronic fatigue syndrome[16] - (Abstract)

Viruses and other infections[edit | edit source]

  • 2018, The role of herpesviruses 6 and 7 in the development of chronic fatigue syndrome: a review of literature and description of clinical cases[17] - (Abstract, English), (Full text, original)
  • 2016, The Association Between Borna Disease Virus and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis[18] - (Full text)

Heart/Circulatory[edit | edit source]

  • 2014, Malfunctioning of the autonomic nervous system in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome: a systematic literature review[19] - (Full text)
  • 2013, Heart rate variability in patients with fibromyalgia and patients with chronic fatigue syndrome: a systematic review[20] - (Full text)

Endocrinology / hormonal[edit | edit source]

Metabolic[edit | edit source]

  • 2020, A systematic review of metabolomic dysregulation in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease (CFS/ME/SEID)[21] - (Full text)
  • 2018, Chronic Fatigue and Immune Deficiency Syndrome (CFIDS), Cellular Metabolism, and Ionizing Radiation: A Review of Contemporary Scientific Literature and Suggested Directions for Future Research[22] - (Full text)

Gastrointestinal / Digestive[edit | edit source]

  • 2018, A systematic review of enteric dysbiosis in chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis[23] - (Full text)
  • 2017, Vitamin and mineral status in chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia syndrome: A systematic review and meta-analysis[24] - (Full text)

Exercise capacity, fitness or strength[edit | edit source]

  • 2011, Tired of being inactive: a systematic literature review of physical activity, physiological exercise capacity and muscle strength in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome[25] - (Full text)

Disability and quality of life[edit | edit source]

  • 2002, AHRQ review - Systematic review of the current literature related to disability and chronic fatigue syndrome[26] - (Full text)

Other[edit | edit source]

Treatments[edit | edit source]

Randomized controlled trial reviews[edit | edit source]

  • 2020, Systematic review of randomized controlled trials for chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME)[27] - (Full text)
  • 2020, Assessment of the scientific rigour of randomized controlled trials on the effectiveness of cognitive behavioural therapy and graded exercise therapy for patients with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome: A systematic review[28] - (Abstract)

Drug and Chinese medicine systematic reviews[edit | edit source]

  • 2016, A Systematic Review of Drug Therapies for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis[29] - (Full text)
  • 2014, Traditional Chinese medicine for chronic fatigue syndrome: a systematic review of randomized clinical trials[30] - (Abstract)

Diet/nutritional supplement reviews[edit | edit source]

  • 2018, Are probiotic treatments useful on fibromyalgia syndrome or chronic fatigue syndrome patients? A systematic review[31] -(Abstract)
  • 2017, Dietary and nutrition interventions for the therapeutic treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis: a systematic review[32] - (Full text)
  • 2016, A systematic review of probiotic interventions for gastrointestinal symptoms and irritable bowel syndrome in chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME)[33] - (Abstract)

Alternative or complementary therapies[edit | edit source]

  • 2011, Complementary and alternative medicine for patients with chronic fatigue syndrome: a systematic review[34] - (Full text)

Other treatment reviews[edit | edit source]

  • 2018, The effect of physiotherapy on fatigue and physical functioning in chronic fatigue syndrome patients: a systematic review[35] - (Full text)
  • 2017, Do evidence based interventions for chronic fatigue syndrome improve sleep? A systematic review and narrative synthesis[36] - (Full text)
  • 2015, Pathways to prevention report - Treatment of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome: a systematic review for a National Institutes of Health Pathways to Prevention Workshop[37] - (Full text)
  • 2003, York Review - Interventions for the treatment, management and rehabilitation of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis: an updated systematic review - (Full text)
  • 2006, York Review - Interventions for the treatment, management and rehabilitation of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis: an updated systematic review - (Full text)
The York Review was used as the evidence based for the UK's 2007 NICE guidelines, and was based on data provided by Simon Wessely.
  • 2006, Inadequacy of the York (2005) Systematic Review of the CFS/ME Medical Evidence Base (Full text)

Cognitive or neurocognitive functioning[edit | edit source]

  • 2013, Caught in the thickness of brain fog: exploring the cognitive symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome[38](Full text)
  • 2013, Neurocognitive impairment in childhood chronic fatigue syndrome[39](Full text)
  • 2013, Cognitive impairments associated with CFS and POTS[40](Full text)
  • 2016, Cognitive dysfunction in chronic fatigue syndrome[41](Full text)

Psychological and sociological reviews[edit | edit source]

  • 2016, The association between borderline personality disorder, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome: systematic review[42] - (Full text)
  • 2012, A review and meta-synthesis of qualitative studies on myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome[43] - (Full text)
  • 2012, Quality and acceptability of patient-reported outcome measures used in chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME): a systematic review[44] - (Full text)
  • 2009, A review on cognitive behavorial therapy (CBT) and graded exercise therapy (GET) in myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME)/chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS): CBT/GET is not only ineffective and not evidence-based, but also potentially harmful for many patients with ME/CFS[45] - (Full text)
  • 2009, The expressed needs of people with chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis: a systematic review[46] - (Full text)
  • 2008, A systematic review of chronic fatigue syndrome: don't assume it's depression[47] - (Full text)

General reviews[edit | edit source]

Special populations[edit | edit source]

Ethnic minorities[edit | edit source]

Pediatric[edit | edit source]

  • 2017, Children's experiences of chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME): a systematic review and meta-ethnography of qualitative studies[49] - (Full text)
  • 2016, Treatment for paediatric chronic fatigue syndrome or myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) and comorbid depression: a systematic review[50] - (Full text)
  • 2013, Interventions in pediatric chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis: a systematic review [51] - (Abstract)

General[edit | edit source]

  • 2016, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) or “Systemic Immune Disorder” (SID)? Frank Comhaire Gabriël Devriendt[52] - (Full text)

Severe ME[edit | edit source]

  • 2021, Systematic Review of Sleep Characteristics in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome[53](Full text)

See also[edit | edit source]

Learn more[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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myalgic encephalomyelitis (M.E.) - A disease often marked by neurological symptoms, but fatigue is sometimes a symptom as well. Some diagnostic criteria distinguish it from chronic fatigue syndrome, while other diagnostic criteria consider it to be a synonym for chronic fatigue syndrome. A defining characteristic of ME is post-exertional malaise (PEM), or post-exertional neuroimmune exhaustion (PENE), which is a notable exacerbation of symptoms brought on by small exertions. PEM can last for days or weeks. Symptoms can include cognitive impairments, muscle pain (myalgia), trouble remaining upright (orthostatic intolerance), sleep abnormalities, and gastro-intestinal impairments, among others. An estimated 25% of those suffering from ME are housebound or bedbound. The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies ME as a neurological disease.

cytokine any class of immunoregulatory proteins secreted by cells, especially immune cells. Cytokines are small proteins important in cell signaling that modulate the immune system. (Learn more: me-pedia.org)

myalgic encephalomyelitis (M.E.) - A disease often marked by neurological symptoms, but fatigue is sometimes a symptom as well. Some diagnostic criteria distinguish it from chronic fatigue syndrome, while other diagnostic criteria consider it to be a synonym for chronic fatigue syndrome. A defining characteristic of ME is post-exertional malaise (PEM), or post-exertional neuroimmune exhaustion (PENE), which is a notable exacerbation of symptoms brought on by small exertions. PEM can last for days or weeks. Symptoms can include cognitive impairments, muscle pain (myalgia), trouble remaining upright (orthostatic intolerance), sleep abnormalities, and gastro-intestinal impairments, among others. An estimated 25% of those suffering from ME are housebound or bedbound. The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies ME as a neurological disease.

cytokine any class of immunoregulatory proteins secreted by cells, especially immune cells. Cytokines are small proteins important in cell signaling that modulate the immune system. (Learn more: me-pedia.org)

heart rate variability (HRV) - A measurement of the variability of the heart rate over time. When the heart rate is consistent, there will be a low heart rate variability. When the heart rate is constantly changing, there will be a high heart rate variability. Heart rate variability is often used by ME/CFS patients to monitor their autonomic nervous system, as high heart rate variability is associated with the sympathetic nervous system and low heart rate variability is associated with the parasympathetic nervous system.

metabolomics The analysis of the chemical metabolism within cells, tissues or organisms. The term is often used to refer to the full set of metabolites found in a cell in a given environment.

systemic exertion intolerance disease (SEID) - A term for ME/CFS that aims to avoid the stigma associated with the term "chronic fatigue syndrome", while emphasizing the defining characteristic of post-exertional malaise (PEM). SEID was defined as part of the diagnostic criteria put together by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report of 10 February 2015.

systemic exertion intolerance disease (SEID) - A term for ME/CFS that aims to avoid the stigma associated with the term "chronic fatigue syndrome", while emphasizing the defining characteristic of post-exertional malaise (PEM). SEID was defined as part of the diagnostic criteria put together by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report of 10 February 2015.

Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS) - Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome is another term for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, but one which emphasizes the immunological aspects of the disease. Popular in the 1990s, this term has apparently fallen into disuse.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) - Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is a United States government agency under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Their mission is "to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable. A representative of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality sat on the (now disbanded) CFSAC committee as an Ex Officio Member.

randomized controlled trial (RCT) - A trial in which participants are randomly assigned to two groups, with one group receiving the treatment being studied and a control or comparison group receiving a sham treatment, placebo, or comparison treatment.

randomized controlled trial (RCT) - A trial in which participants are randomly assigned to two groups, with one group receiving the treatment being studied and a control or comparison group receiving a sham treatment, placebo, or comparison treatment.

cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) - A type of psychotherapy geared toward modifying alleged unhealthy thinking, behaviors or illness beliefs. One of the treatment arms used in the controversial PACE trial.

postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) - A form of orthostatic intolerance where the cardinal symptom is excessive tachycardia due to changing position (e.g. from lying down to sitting up).

subjective outcome An outcome of a clinical trial that depends on the judgement or opinion of the assessor or patient, e.g. asking if fatigue has increased or decreased "a little" or "a lot", patient questionnaires like the Chalder Fatigue Scale, and other patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs).

cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) - A type of psychotherapy geared toward modifying alleged unhealthy thinking, behaviors or illness beliefs. One of the treatment arms used in the controversial PACE trial.

graded exercise therapy (GET) - A gradual increase in exercise or activity, according to a pre-defined plan. Focuses on overcoming the patient's alleged unhelpful illness beliefs that exertion can exacerbate symptoms, rather than on reversing physical deconditioning. Considered controversial, and possibly harmful, in the treatment or management of ME. One of the treatment arms of the controversial PACE trial.

BMJ The BMJ (previously the British Medical Journal) is a weekly peer-reviewed medical journal.

somatic symptom disorder A psychiatric term to describe an alleged condition whereby a person's thoughts somehow cause physical symptoms. The actual existence of such a condition is highly controversial, due to a lack of scientific evidence. It is related to other psychiatric terms, such as "psychosomatic", "neurasthenia", and "hysteria". Older terms include "somatization", "somatoform disorder", and "conversion disorder". Such terms refer to a scientifically-unsupported theory that claims that a wide range of physical symptoms can be created by the human mind, a theory which has been criticized as "mind over matter" parapsychology, a pseudoscience.

myalgic encephalomyelitis (M.E.) - A disease often marked by neurological symptoms, but fatigue is sometimes a symptom as well. Some diagnostic criteria distinguish it from chronic fatigue syndrome, while other diagnostic criteria consider it to be a synonym for chronic fatigue syndrome. A defining characteristic of ME is post-exertional malaise (PEM), or post-exertional neuroimmune exhaustion (PENE), which is a notable exacerbation of symptoms brought on by small exertions. PEM can last for days or weeks. Symptoms can include cognitive impairments, muscle pain (myalgia), trouble remaining upright (orthostatic intolerance), sleep abnormalities, and gastro-intestinal impairments, among others. An estimated 25% of those suffering from ME are housebound or bedbound. The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies ME as a neurological disease.

myalgic encephalomyelitis (M.E.) - A disease often marked by neurological symptoms, but fatigue is sometimes a symptom as well. Some diagnostic criteria distinguish it from chronic fatigue syndrome, while other diagnostic criteria consider it to be a synonym for chronic fatigue syndrome. A defining characteristic of ME is post-exertional malaise (PEM), or post-exertional neuroimmune exhaustion (PENE), which is a notable exacerbation of symptoms brought on by small exertions. PEM can last for days or weeks. Symptoms can include cognitive impairments, muscle pain (myalgia), trouble remaining upright (orthostatic intolerance), sleep abnormalities, and gastro-intestinal impairments, among others. An estimated 25% of those suffering from ME are housebound or bedbound. The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies ME as a neurological disease.

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