Case report: Alison Hunter

For the past decade patients diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome have been shamefully mistreated due to government policy failure and lack of medical education.

ME Australia

By Christine Hunter

For the past decade patients diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome have been shamefully mistreated due to government policy failure and lack of medical education.

Case Report by Sukocheva et al.BMC Infectious Diseases (2016) 16:165, Coxiella burnetii dormancy in a fatal ten year multisystem dysfunctional illness: case report.

Routine autopsy findings in 1996 were limited. Assurance was given that formalin fixed paraffin embedded tissue blocks could be retained for 30 plus years for examination when ME/CFS biomedical research had progressed. Frozen tissues also retained were lost in freezer breakdown in 2000.  

At the 2005 ME/CFS meeting in Adelaide, paediatrician Dr Katherine Rowe reported that she always tested for Q fever if young people with CFS have had contact with farms. In 2009/10 it was requested due to frequent farm visits that the autopsy tissue blocks should be tested for Q fever.

Detailed neuropathology studies commenced in…

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