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Recognizing Pediatric CFS in the Primary Care Practice: A Practicing Clinician’s Approach

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Journal: Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Volume: 13, Issue: 2/3, Cover Date: 2006 Author: Charles W. Lapp, MD DOI: 10.1300/J092v13n02_06 [in prepress, online] Pediatricians and primary care physicians may be uncomfortable diagnosing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in children because a good diagnostic tool has not been available. Deferring a diagnosis, however, may lead to apprehension, over-utilization of medical resources in a search for validity, a delay in treatment, and possibly inappropriate coping techniques. This case-based article discusses symptoms and signs seen in adolescent patients with CFS, evaluation of suspect cases, and both current and future diagnostic case definitions. Keywords: Pediatric chronic fatigue syndrome, primary care, diagnosis

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