یک مرور نظام مند و ارزیابی انتقادی از ایمونولوژی سندرم خستگی مزمن
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|33142||2003||12 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||محاسبه نشده|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Journal of Psychosomatic Research, Volume 55, Issue 2, August 2003, Pages 79–90
Objective: Immune dysfunction in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) has been widely but inconsistently reported. Traditional reviews of the literature have produced a variety of conclusions. We present the results of the first systematic review of the subject. Methods: EMBASE, MEDLINE and PSYCHINFO databases were searched, and leading researchers in the field were contacted. Inclusion criteria were applied, and studies were then divided into groups based on the quality of their methodology. Study results were collated and described. Results: Studies ranged widely in quality. There was an inverse association between study quality and finding low levels of natural killer cells, suggesting that the association may be related to study methodology. On the other hand, reports of abnormalities in T cells and cytokine levels were not related to study quality. Conclusions: The conclusions of this systematic review differ from a recent traditional narrative review of the immunology of CFS. No consistent pattern of immunological abnormalities is identified.
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is characterized by disabling physical and mental fatigue, lasting at least 6 months, without an apparent physical cause . The aetiology of CFS is unclear, but many have suggested a role for infection, and for changes in the immune system. Papers reporting immunological changes in CFS are numerous. However, taken as a whole, the body of literature is inconsistent and, in places, contradictory. Few firm conclusions have been drawn. What are the reasons for this? Strober has suggested several: using groups of patients with differing primary symptoms and differing duration of illness, failing to control for potential confounding factors and using different laboratory procedures when analysing samples . Several reviews of the immunology of CFS have been published. Buchwald and Komaroff  found “evidence of diffuse immunological dysfunction… it has not been shown that immunologic findings explain… the symptomatology of CFS.” Similarly, Wessely et al.  concludes that “there is evidence of some abnormality of immune function, but such changes are inconsistent, nonspecific and rarely correlate with the clinical condition” and Lloyd and Klimas  that “no clear conclusions can be drawn from the data.” Most recently, Patarca-Montero et al.  have written that “CFS is associated with immune abnormalities that can potentially account for physio- and psychopathological symptomatology” and also that “assessment of immune status reveals a heterogeneity among CFS patients.” No systematic review has been completed. The importance of systematic reviews—which can be loosely defined as reviews in which there is a methods section—is established beyond doubt if unbiased conclusions are to be reached  and . Our group has already shown that nonsystematic general reviews in the field of CFS are associated with bias, influenced by professional affiliations and country of origin of the authors . The aim of this paper is a systematic review of the immunology of CFS.