Causes of death

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Causes of Death in ME/CFS
1 All causes, 2 Top 3 causes of death, 3 Suicide,
4 Cardiovascular Problems, 5 Cancer

Source: Fatigue. 2016; 4(4): 195–207[1]

Statistics on the causes of death of myalgic encephalomyalitis (ME) and/or chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) patients vary greatly. Some factors that influence statistics on cause of death include case definitions, regional differences, access to medical resources, and the presence of comorbid illnesses.

Age of deaths due to ME/CFS[edit | edit source]

Deaths caused partly or fully by ME/CFS, England and Wales, 2001 - 2016.
Source: Office of National Statistics.[2]
In England and Wales, most people whose deaths were caused fully or partly by ME/CFS were of working age, with the youngest dying their late teens.[2]
Deaths caused partly or fully by ME/CFS, England and Wales, 2001 - 2016.
Source: Office of National Statistics.[2]

Deaths from ME/CFS are very rare, and ME/CFS is rarely recorded on death certificates. In England and Wales, between 2001 and 2016, 88 death certificates stated that the death was either partly or fully caused by myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome,[2] which is less than six deaths per year.

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Myalgic encephalomyelitis or chronic fatigue syndrome, often used when both illnesses are considered the same.

Myalgic encephalomyelitis or M.E. has different diagnostic criteria to chronic fatigue syndrome; neurological symptoms are required but fatigue is an optional symptom.<ref name="ICP2011primer">{{Citation

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