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Discussion in 'General ME/CFS News' started by Gerwyn, Feb 14, 2010.

  1. Gerwyn

    Gerwyn Guest

    An idiopathic medical condition is one with no known cause

    Patients with idiopathic parkinsons disease,idiopathic cardiomyopathy and mitochondrial encephalomyopathy share different point mutations in the SAME MITOCHONDRIAL GENE!-Ozawa et al biochem biophys 1991 hoel et al 2005

    Other ideopathic conditions

    Autism 80% mitochondrial disorder weissmen 2008

    Idiopathic renal disease

    renal Fancomi syndrome

    Idiopathic Alzheimers syndrome

    Idiopathic pulminory fibrosis

    "sideroblastic anaemia

    ideopathic cerebral ataxia

    Ulcerative colitis

    muscular dystrophy

    Addisons disease

    FIBROMYALGIA(J RHEUM 2000)

    There are others all with documented or suspected mitochondrial dysfunction

    Idiopathic is the correct medical term for medically unexplained

    There are going to be a lot of people under the new somatoform label!
     
  2. Lily

    Lily *Believe*

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    The difference is that some of those have medical tests that explain the symptoms, so even though the the cause is idiopathic, they are no longer considered somatiform illnesses. Unfortunately we are still in the phase where science says medical tests do not explain our symptoms:confused::ashamed:
     
  3. Gerwyn

    Gerwyn Guest

    Arguably the data re causation in ms and parkinsons is equal to that in cfs so if the other two are idiopathic the the same rules should apply .There is idiopathic chronic fatigue---University of Maryland medical school rheumatologists accept fibromyalgia as idiopathic or most of them do.Idiopathic and medically unexplained is a very gray area .I was more interested in the link between idiopathic and mitochondrial dysfunction but i take your point.It depends largely on whether a group adopts a disease and a balance of medical opinion---autism will almost certainly fall under the new somatoform label
     

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