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Primary juvenile fibromyalgia (FM) syndrome & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) in adolescents

  [ 12 votes ]   [ Discuss This Article ] • January 5, 1994

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and primary juvenile fibromyalgia
syndrome (PJFS) are illnesses with a similar pattern of
symptoms of unknown etiology. Twenty-seven children for whom
CFS was diagnosed were evaluated for fibromyalgia by the
presence of widespread pain and multiple tender points. Eight
children (29.6%) fulfilled criteria for fibromyalgia. Those
children who met fibromyalgia criteria had a statistically
greater degree of subjective muscle pain, sleep disturbance,
and neurological symptoms than did those who did not meet the
fibromyalgia criteria. There was no statistical difference
between groups in degree of fatigue, headache, sore throat,
abdominal pain, depression, lymph node pain, concentration
difficulty, eye pain, and joint pain. CFS in children and PJFS
appear to be overlapping clinical entities and may be
indistinguishable by current diagnostic criteria.

Bell DS, Bell KM, Cheney PR

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