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Vision-related symptoms as a clinical feature of chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis? Evidence from the DePaul Symptom Questionnaire
  1. Claire V Hutchinson1,
  2. John Maltby1,
  3. Stephen P Badham1,
  4. Leonard A Jason2
  1. 1 College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology, School of Psychology, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK
  2. 2 Center for Community Research, DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Claire V Hutchinson, College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology, University of Leicester, School of Psychology, Henry Wellcome Building, Lancaster Road, Leicester LE1 9HN, UK; ch190{at}

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Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) or myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) is a debilitating disorder, affecting at least 250 000 people in the UK. Marked by debilitating fatigue, its aetiology is poorly understood and diagnosis controversial. A number of symptoms overlap with other illnesses with the result that CFS/ME is commonly misdiagnosed. It is important therefore that significant clinical features are investigated. People diagnosed with CFS/ME consistently report that they experience vision-related symptoms associated with their illness13 and some of these reports are being verified experimentally.4 Although vision-related symptoms may represent a significant clinical feature of CFS/ME that could be useful in its diagnosis, they have yet to be included in clinical guidelines.

A recently developed, standardised measure designed to assess core CFS/ME symptoms, The DePaul Symptom Questionnaire (DSQ),5 includes four vision-related items: eye pain, …

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  • Contributors CVH analysed the data and wrote the letter. JM analysed the data. SPB recruited the participants and collected the data. LAJ developed the DSQ.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Ethics approval National Research Ethics Service and School of Psychology, University of Leicester Ethics Committee.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.