Journal article

Epidemiology of paediatric chronic fatigue syndrome in Australia

Sarah Knight, Shane Elders, Jill Rodda, Adrienne Harvey, Lionel Lubitz, Kathy Rowe, Colette Reveley, Sabine Hennel, Susan Towns, Kasia Kozlowska, Donald N Payne, Sonya Marshall-Gradisnik, Adam Scheinberg

Archives of Disease in Childhood | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2019

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To estimate the paediatrician-diagnosed incidence of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) in Australia, and describe demographic and clinical features, as well as approaches to diagnosis and management. METHODS: The Australian Paediatric Surveillance Unit facilitates monthly national surveillance of uncommon conditions seen by paediatricians. Data from young people aged <18 years diagnosed with CFS were collected. Incidence was estimated based on new cases reported from April 2015 to April 2016. RESULTS: A total of 164 cases of newly diagnosed CFS in young people aged 4-17 years were identified for inclusion. The estimated national incidence for children aged 4-9 years was 0.25 per 100 ..

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