Saturday, June 26, 2010

Komaroff says....

During the question-and-answer period of his recent lecture given to
the Massachusetts CFIDS/ME & FM Association, Dr. Anthony Komaroff was
asked whether he would consider CFS to be a neurological
illness.  This was his answer:

"I would certainly say … that there is now abundant evidence of
measurable abnormalities in the central nervous system and the
autonomic nervous system in people with this illness.

"That makes it neurological.
  That's why I think it makes sense, as
Dr. Gurwitz said, to call it Myalgic Ecephalomyelitis or
Encephalopathy, because I think those two words adequately classify
or describe an underlying biology that tests have shown to be the case."

Dr. Komaroff is Simcox/Clifford/Higby Professor of Medicine at
Harvard Medical School, Senior Physician at Brigham and Women's
Hospital in Boston, and Editor-in-Chief of Harvard Health
Publications.  He was a co-author on both the Holmes (1988) and the
Fukuda (1994) definitions of CFS.

For more from a fascinating lecture and question-answer session, go
to the Massachusetts CFIDS/ME & FM Association website: 

Mary Schweitzer

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