Chronic fatigue syndrome: an endocrine disease off limits for endocrinologists?

Eur J Clin Invest. 2003 Dec;33(12):1029-31. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2362.2003.01272.x.


Endocrinologists were not included in the multidisciplinary working groups that prepared two recent reports on chronic fatigue syndrome, despite its unequalled clinical overlap with Addison's disease, which is a classic endocrine disorder. The failure to include at least one endocrinologist in those panels may explain why in their extensive reports there is not a single word about the 42 clinical features that chronic fatigue syndrome shares with Addison's disease, including all the signs and symptoms listed in the case definition of this syndrome.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Addison Disease / classification*
  • Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic / classification*
  • Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic / diagnosis
  • Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic / drug therapy
  • Glucocorticoids / therapeutic use
  • Humans


  • Glucocorticoids