HealthDay News — Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) remains largely undiagnosed in youth, according to a study published online Jan. 23 in the Child & Youth Care Forum.
Leonard A. Jason, PhD from DePaul University in Chicago, and colleagues assessed the prevalence of pediatric ME/CFS from an ethnically and sociodemographically diverse community-based random sample of 10,119 youth (aged 5-17 years) from 5622 households.
The researchers found that the prevalence of pediatric ME/CFS was 0.75%. A higher percentage of those diagnosed were African-American and Latinx vs Caucasian. Of the youth diagnosed with ME/CFS based on the screening, <5% had been previously diagnosed. African-American and Latinx youth were twice as likely to have undiagnosed ME/CFS.
“Our finding that most youth with ME/CFS have not been previously diagnosed is comparable to findings in adults,” a coauthor said in a statement. “We definitely need better ways to identify people with this illness and to develop effective interventions for them.”