Detection of Epstein-Barr virus and cytomegalovirus in patients with chronic fatigue

B. B. Wray, C. Gaughf, F. W. Chandler, S. S. Berry, J. E. Latham, L. Wood, R. H. DuRant

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Patients with chronic fatigue as a major complaint frequently present with recurrent sore throat, and on physical examination they have hyperemia and lymphoid hyperplasia of the pharyngeal area. Pharyngeal scrapings were obtained from 41 such patients and analyzed for Epstein-Barr virus or cytomegalovirus DNA by colorimetric in situ hybridization. Results were compared with healthy control subjects matched for age and sex. Epstein-Barr virus-DNA was detected more frequently in male patients, 5/9 (55.6%), than controls, 0/6 (0%), but there was no difference in frequency in female patients, 4/32 (12.5%), than control subjects, 1/29 (3.4%). Cytomegalovirus- DNA was detected infrequently in patients and controls, 13% versus 22% respectively. The presence of EBV-DNA did not correlate with antibody titers nor with the complaint of sore throat. Four of the five males who had positive EBV-DNA in the pharyngeal smears have now recovered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)223-226
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of Allergy
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy


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