Findings of brain anomalies may shed light on chronic fatigue | San Francisco Chronicle

Stanford researchers have found some striking abnormalities in the brains of people with chronic fatigue syndrome, a frustrating and debilitating condition for which there is no known cause and no treatment that’s widely effective.

The findings, published Wednesday in the journal Radiology, could improve diagnosis and spark new scientific understanding of the disease.

Perhaps even more noteworthy, the results — if they can be confirmed with larger studies — could provide some of the first objective evidence that chronic fatigue syndrome is a severe illness that causes real physiological damage. That would be a major step for patients and their advocates, who still suffer under the stigma of having a condition that for decades was ignored or not taken seriously.

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