Is chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS/ME) heritable in children, and if so, why does it matter?

Crawley, Esther; Smith, George Davey
December 2007
Archives of Disease in Childhood;Dec2007, Vol. 92 Issue 12, p1058
Academic Journal
The article explores the issue regarding the heritability of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) in children. It has been mentioned that a clear definition of CFS in children and sample sizes for genetic studies are necessary to be addressed. The authors found that there is now increasingly strong evidence that CFS is heritable. It seems likely that the heritability contributes to the experience of fatigue as well as to the development of CFS itself. The fact that CFS is heterogeneous hampers research in this area.


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