Elise Machteld Van De Putte

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OBJECTIVE To determine nationwide general practitioner (GP)-diagnosed prevalence and pediatrician-diagnosed incidence rates of adolescent chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), and to assess CFS morbidity. DESIGN AND SETTING We collected data from a cross-sectional national sample among GPs and prospective registration of new patients with CFS in all pediatric(More)
A case of fatal encephalitis in a 9-year-old girl is described. Serology showed high titre antibodies against Mycoplasma pneumoniae. In addition M. pneumoniae was detected in cerebrospinal fluid by polymerase chain reaction. Direct invasion of the central nervous system as opposed to a secondary immunologic reaction to a M. pneumoniae infection of the(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic fatigue syndrome is characterised by persistent fatigue and severe disability. Cognitive behavioural therapy seems to be a promising treatment, but its availability is restricted. We developed Fatigue In Teenagers on the interNET (FITNET), the first dedicated internet-based therapeutic program for adolescents with this disorder, and(More)
BACKGROUND Alexithymia is postulated as an important factor in the development of medically unexplained physical symptoms. Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is presently medically unexplained. The aim of this study was to investigate whether the prevalence of alexithymia was higher in adolescents with CFS compared to healthy adolescents. Comorbidity such as(More)
BACKGROUND Child abuse and neglect is an important international health problem with unacceptable levels of morbidity and mortality. Although maltreatment as a cause of injury is estimated to be only 1% or less of the injured children attending the emergency room, the consequences of both missed child abuse cases and wrong suspicions are substantial.(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is increasingly recognized as a cause of disability and inactivity in adolescents in the Netherlands. CFS is characterized by unexplained fatigue lasting more than 6 months. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) has proven to be effective. However, CBT availability for adolescents with CFS is limited and requires(More)
OBJECTIVE Our aim with this study was to assess the relation between chronic fatigue syndrome in adolescents and fatigue and associated symptoms in their fathers and mothers, more specifically the presence of chronic fatigue syndrome-like symptoms and psychologic distress. METHOD In this cross-sectional study, 40 adolescents with chronic fatigue syndrome(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe the clinical features, osseal characteristics, and collagen biochemistry in children who attended our clinic with predominantly generalized hypomobility of the joints, in combination with musculoskeletal complaints or abnormal walking, and no known syndrome or known rheumatic, neurologic, skeletal, metabolic, or connective tissue(More)
BACKGROUND Fatigue is an important symptom in adult multiple sclerosis (MS) and it is likely to occur in children with MS. It is currently unknown whether children who experienced a monophasic inflammatory demyelinating event of the central nervous system in the past also suffer from fatigue. METHODS We studied the presence and severity of fatigue in 32(More)
OBJECTIVES To investigate whether constitutional laxity of the connective tissues is more frequently present in adolescents with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) than in healthy controls. Increased joint hypermobility in patients with CFS has been previously described, as has lower blood pressure in fatigued individuals, which raises the question of whether(More)