Diagnosis & Management in Young People – A Primer


This recommended 61-page brooklet was compiled to provide the information necessary to understand, diagnose and manage the symptoms of M.E. in children and young people.


M.E. affects children and adolescents as well as adults. This 61-page brochure – which we make available as a free download – was compiled to provide the information necessary to understand, diagnose and manage the symptoms of the illness in children and young people.

The primer was written by consensus of the members of the International Writing Group for Paediatric ME/CFS, who made every effort to ensure that the information provided was accurate and up to date at the time of publication in June 2017. The panel of contributing authors included Dr Nigel Speight (Hon. Paediatric Adviser to the ME Association).

The text of the primer originally appeared in Frontiers in Paediatrics on 19 June 2017, from the following authors: Rowe PC, Underhill RA, Friedman KJ, Gurwitt A, Medow MS, Schwartz MS, Speight N, Stewart JM, Vallings R and Rowe KS.

Citation: (2017) Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Diagnosis and Management in Young People: A Primer. Front. Pediatr. 5:121. doi: 10.3389/fped.2017.0012

If you prefer you can download the leaflet here without registering via the website shop.

Telephone Helpline

The ME Association telephone helpline – ME Connect – is available every day of the year, during the hours of 10am-12noon, 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm. Please phone: 0344 576 5326 if you have any questions or would simply like to talk to someone who is there to listen.

Please note this leaflet is a download. You can read it on-screen and save to your computer, phone or other device and can attach it to any email you might need to send. But you will need access to a printer if you wish it printed.


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