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A Prospective Study of Infectious Mononucleosis in College Students

By L. A. Jason et al.


BACKGROUND: The present study aims to prospectively investigate possible biological and psychological factors present in college students who will go on to develop chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) following Infectious Mononucleosis (IM). Identification of risk factors predisposing patients towards developing CFS may help to understand the underlying mechanisms and ultimately prevent its occurrence. Our study is enrolling healthy college students over the age of 18. Enrollment began in March of 2013 and is ongoing.
METHODS: Biological and psychological data are collected when students are well (Stage 1), when they develop IM (Stage 2), and approximately 6 months after IM diagnosis (Stage 3).
RESULTS: Two case studies demonstrate the progression of student symptomology across all three stages.
CONCLUSION: The Case Studies presented illustrate the usefulness of a prospective research design that tracks healthy students, following their trajectory of IM illness to either a) full recovery or b) diagnosis with CFS.
Source: Jason LA, Katz B, Gleason K, McManimen S, Sunnquist M, Thorpe T. A Prospective Study of Infectious Mononucleosis in College Students. Int J Psychiatry (Overl Park) [1]. 2017;1(2). Epub 2017 Jan 20.