Elise van de Putte

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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)
OBJECTIVE Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is known to be an effective treatment of adolescents with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), but its availability is limited. Fatigue in Teenagers on the Internet (FITNET), an Internet-based CBT program for adolescents with CFS, has been developed as an alternative to face-to-face CBT. Recently, its short-term(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)
OBJECTIVE To assess whether there is an increased prevalence of joint hypermobility in patients with vesico-ureteric reflux (VUR). MATERIALS AND METHODS We studied 50 patients with primary VUR and matched controls drawn from a reference population. Joint mobility was assessed using the Bulbena hypermobility score. RESULTS We identified significantly(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)
BACKGROUND Idiopathic Toe Walking (ITW) is present in children older than 3 years of age still walking on their toes without signs of neurological, orthopaedic or psychiatric diseases. ITW has been estimated to occur in 7% to 24% of the childhood population. To study associations between Idiopathic Toe Walking (ITW) and decrease in range of joint motion of(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the prevalence of severe fatigue and fatigue-related limitations among adolescents with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) and other pediatric rheumatic diseases (PRDs). In addition, we assessed the effect of disease activity and pain on the severity of fatigue. METHODS This cross-sectional study included 175 patients (ages 10-18(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe the symptomatic and educational long-term outcomes, health care use, and risk factors of nonrecovery in adolescent chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). DESIGN Follow-up study. SETTING Academic pediatric hospital. PARTICIPANTS Sixty adolescents with CFS. INTERVENTIONS Regular care. OUTCOME MEASURES The Checklist Individual(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 In chronic sexual abuse victims with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis can be dysregulated. In single rape victims, PTSD symptoms are hypothesized to function as a chronic stressor leading to similar HPA-axis dysregulation. The objective of the current study was to assess HPA-axis functioning in(More)