TO THE EDITOR:

The chronic fatigue syndrome is a recurring illness of unknown cause characterized by incapacitating fatigue and a range of symptoms and laboratory findings suggestive of hypothalamic dysfunction [1-3]. Rare patients who have died from other acute causes have had cellular infiltrates in the hypothalamus [4]. The syndrome usually follows a flu-like illness, and circumstantial evidence has implicated enteroviruses [1]. We therefore examined the central nervous system of a woman with the syndrome who died from suicide for the presence of enterovirus.

In June 1992, a 30-year-old woman who had met all criteria for the syndrome for 5 ...

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