[Neurologic Abnormalities in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Review]

Brain Nerve. 2018 Jan;70(1):41-54. doi: 10.11477/mf.1416200948.
[Article in Japanese]


Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is an illness characterized by fatigue lasting for at least six months, post-exertional malaise, unrefreshing sleep, cognitive impairment and orthostatic intolerance. ME/CFS has been a controversial illness because it is defined exclusively by subjective complaints. However, recent studies of neuroimaging as well as analysis of blood markers, energy metabolism and mitochondrial function have revealed many objective biological abnormalities. Specifically, it is suspected that the symptoms of ME/CFS may be triggered by immune activation - either inside or outside the brain - through release of inflammatory cytokines. In this review, we summarize potentially important recent findings on ME/CFS, focusing on objective evidence.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Central Nervous System Diseases
  • Cytokines / immunology
  • Energy Metabolism
  • Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic*
  • Humans
  • Pain


  • Cytokines