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Criteria for diagnosis ME / CFS

There are many criteria and these differ slightly from each other (reference :. Brurberg KD, 2014). Widely used are these:

Center for Disease Control (CDC) criteria at Fukuda K, 1994:

Main criteria - all must be fulfilled:

  • Medical unexplained fatigue
  • At least six months duration
  • New onset
  • Not related to current stress
  • Do not recover from rest
  • Reported loss of function

Additional criteria (Must have occurred at the same time as the feeling of exhaustion) - at least four must be fulfilled:

  • Failing memory and / or concentration
  • Sore throat
  • Sore lymph nodes
  • Muscle pain
  • Pain in multiple joints
  • New headache
  • Lack of feeling rested after sleep
  • Exacerbated disease sensation in the least 24 hours after effort


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