Chronic fatigue syndrome: What role does the autonomic nervous system play in the pathophysiology of this complex illness?

Timothy R. Gerrity, Janet Bates, David S. Bell, George Chrousos, Gloria Furst, Terry Hedrick, Barry Hurwitz, Roger W. Kula, Susan M. Levine, Rebecca C. Moore, Ronald Schondorf, Vicki Walker

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Abstract

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a serious health concern affecting over 800,000 Americans of all ages, races and socioeconomic groups and both genders. The etiology and pathophysiology of CFS are unknown, yet studies have suggested an involvement of the autonomic nervous system (ANS). A symposium was organized in December 2000 to explore the possibility of an association between ANS dysfunction and CFS, with special emphasis on the interactions between ANS dysfunction and other abnormalities noted in the immune and endocrine systems of individuals with CFS. This paper represents the consensus of the panel of experts who participated in this meeting. Copyright

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)134-141
Number of pages8
JournalNeuroimmunomodulation
Volume10
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2002

Keywords

  • Autonomic nervous system
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Immune system
  • Neuroendocrine system
  • Orthostatic hypotension

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology
  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Immunology

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    Gerrity, T. R., Bates, J., Bell, D. S., Chrousos, G., Furst, G., Hedrick, T., Hurwitz, B., Kula, R. W., Levine, S. M., Moore, R. C., Schondorf, R., & Walker, V. (2002). Chronic fatigue syndrome: What role does the autonomic nervous system play in the pathophysiology of this complex illness? Neuroimmunomodulation, 10(3), 134-141. https://doi.org/10.1159/000067176